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The seamed bulbous body is joined to a tall, concave neck by a band of shaped beading and sits on a cast foot. The scrolled handle rises above the upper rim and attaches to the widest part of the body. A beaded edge continues around the slightly angular applied lip. Engraved foliate ornament...

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Engraved "Mrs N Ward / Roxbury / 1859" in script wihin a reserve surrounded by foliate engraving on the body under the spout of the pitcher.


"NEWELL HARDING & CO." and "BOSTON" in uppercase Roman lettering and "Coin" in upper and lowercase gothic lettering all struck incuse on the bottom. A second stamp of "Coin" has been effaced


In 1859, the year following her husband's death, this water pitcher was presented to Ruth Ward, formally inscribed to her as "Mrs. N. Ward." In 1854 Mrs. Ward had received a silver cup from Harding's shop inscribed in the same manner (see 54.513 for Ward family history). By descent in the family until its presentation to the Museum in 1954.

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Gift of Mabel Gurney Clark and F. Lyman Clark in memory of their mother, Susan Ward Clark


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


31 x 21 x 16.2 cm (12 3/16 x 8 1/4 x 6 3/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware