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The large, raised, helmet-shaped presentation ewer has a cast and chased scrolled handle with foliate decoration; an air vent is below. Under the flaring spout is chased a large anthemion, on each side of which extends scrolled rinceaux decoration that surrounds the vessel. The rim is edged with...

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Beneath spout in script: "As a Testimonial / of their estimation of his personal Character / and Seaman-like abilities, / the pasengers of the Ship Natchez / on her Voyage from New Orleans to New York, in June 1833, / present this Pitcher / TO / Captain Hartwell Reed, / New York, July 4th 1833"


On bottom is stamped "B [pellet] GARDINER" within a serrated rectangle / [pseudo hallmark of head in rectangle with chamfered corners] G [pseudo hallmark of a lion within a rectangle with chamfered corners].


Presented on July 4, 1833 to Captain Hartwell Reed by the passengers of the Ship Natchez on the successful completion of their voyage in June of that year from New Orleans to New York; private collector, West Hartford, Connecticut, 1940s; by descent to her daughter; acquired by Hirschl & Adler in 1994; purchased by Museum in 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase in honor of Jonathan Fairbanks on the occasion of the silver anniversary of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture with funds donated by his many friends and supporters


Object Place

New York, New York, United States


45 x 33 cm (17 11/16 x 13 in.)

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Silver hollowware