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)
Purchase, William Cullen Bryant Fellows Gifts, 2005
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)