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Pitcher, part of set

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The straight sides of the seamed pitcher rise to a slight lip and rest on a large stepped, molded base. The domed cover is stepped and has a cast lotus finial. The cover features a five-part hinge and is shaped to overlap the spout. The cast applied handles on the pitcher and the cups are...

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"To John Gilbert / on his birthday / from his old friend and companion in Art / Lester Wallack / Feb. 27th 1876" on the front of the pitcher opposite the handle. Engraved in a circle around the lid "Be So Good As To Pledge Me / She Stoops To Conquer "


Incuse marks of a lion holding an elliptical cartouche emblazoned with “W / STERLING / 406 / A” struck on pitcher; “x334” lightly scratched on bottom.


Given in 1876 to John Gilbert (1810-1889) by Lester Wallack (1819-1888); later history unknown until purchased in 1975 from Richard B. Pierce of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

Credit Line

Marion Davis Fund

about 1875–76

Object Place

probably North Attleboro, Massachusetts


Other: 17.2 x 29.9 x 24 cm, 1.3 kg (6 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 9 7/16 in., 2.9 lb.)

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Silver hollowware