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The raised body and seamed neck of this baluster-shaped pitcher are decorated with trailing repousséd and chased flowers and leaves. A cast female head wearing a gladiator’s helmet decorates the inset spout, under which C scrolls frame a reserve for the inscription. The pitcher sits on a...

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Inscription

Engraved within a cartouche below the spout, in a combination of script and gothic-style lettering: "TO / James J. Walworth, / A Tribute of Respect / from 126 Persons / formerly employed by / Walworth & Nason, / -in- / Boston and Malden / April. / 1852"

Marks

Stamped on base "J. C. FARNSWORTH. / BOSTON." incuse and "Pure Silver Coin" in italics within a rectangle struck on bottom. An 11-digit identification number in a modern hand is also scratched into the base.

Provenance

Made for James J. Walworth, the pitcher descended in the Walworth/Williams family to James R. Walworth and in 1952 to his nephew Walworth B. Williams of Winchester, Massachusetts. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walworth B. Williams

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walworth B. Williams

1852

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

33.5 x 24 x 16.5 cm (13 3/16 x 9 7/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1985.1024

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware