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Pitcher

Retailer:
Ball, Black & Co. (American, New York, 1851–1874)
Date:
ca. 1872
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (28.6 x 15.6 x 21.9 cm); 39 oz. 16 dwt. (1237.9 g) Foot: Diam. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This pitcher is a rare example of mid-nineteenth-century American silver in the Egyptian revival taste. It was probably designed by John Rudolph Wendt for the leading silver retailer Ball, Black & Company. According to its engraved inscription, the pitcher was presented to J. W. Bowdish, founding cashier, by the Directors of the National Bank of Pawling.
Inscription: engraved on body below lip in script: Presented / by the Directors of the / National Bank of Pawling, / to / J. W. Bowdish. (shaded Gothic) / late / Cashier. / April, 1872.

Marking: marked on underside: BALL, BLACK & C[superscript "o" over "_"] / NEW-YORK / 236 / ENGLISH STERLING (all incuse)
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