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


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.