Overall: 9 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (24.4 x 21.3 cm); 25 oz. 16 dwt. (802.8 g)
Base: Diam. 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm)
Lip: Diam. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund, Sansbury-Mills Fund, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Rubin, Wunsch Foundation, Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation Inc., and Anonymous Gifts, 1997
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
With its assertive linearity, tall tapering body, and high-domed lid, this vessel represents the earliest form of coffeepot made in colonial America. It and the accompanying square salver with an upcurved rim and bracket feet (1997.498.2) are rarities in American silver. Both are engraved with the arms of Assheton quartering Shepley, for Ralph Assheton (1695-1745/6) of Philadelphia. The coffeepot and salver remained together, in family hands, until 1989.
Inscription: [engraved on body to left of handle]: (coat of arms of Assheton quartering Shepley) [engraved on underside]: 26 oz
Marking: [marked twice on underside]: CLR (LR are conjoined) (in oval)
Ralph Assheton (1695–1745), Philadelphia, PA; descended in the Assheton family; sold at Sotheby’s, January 27, 1989, lot 927, to Lone Trail of Arizona, Inc.; sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997.