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Large, raised pear-shaped pitcher with repousse and chased floral decoration around body, with an applied, raised, stepped foot with beaded edge; scrolled handle with acanthus and leafage decoration at top and at both upper and lower junction with the body, opposite a flaring handle; band of...

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On side of pitcher: "H. S. W. / from / J. H. W." Date "1849" scratched on bottom.


Marked on bottom: "JONES BALL & POOR [in rectangle] / BOSTON / PURESILVER COIN" all around the center punch.


According to the family, the engraved initials stand for Henry Sidney Waldo, who presumably presented the pitcher to an as-yet-unidentified recipient; by descent to John Herbert Ross (1925-2002), the great-great-grandson of Henry Sidney Waldo; by descent to the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of John Herbert Ross and Barbara O'Neil Ross

about 1849

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Overall: 32.4 x 21.6 cm, 806.4 gm (12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in., 1.8 lb.)

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Silver hollowware