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Water pitcher

Water pitcher
Title
Water pitcher
Date 
ca. 1851
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 12 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. ( 31.8 x 17.1 cm )
Description 
Wrought and cast silver water pitcher; pear-shaped body with an applied, molded footring around the flat base; high narrow neck with a narrow pouring lip, high on the sides and low at the front and back; applied, molded band around the rim; hinged, domed lid conforms to the shaped of the rim; cast twisted finial applied to the top of the dome; cast loop handle, split around the hinge with a bearded mask grip; engraved in a cartouche on the front, "Presented/ to/ Abraham Van Nest Esq./ by/ THE GREENWICH SAVINGS BANK/ as a/ Token of the high esteem/ entertained for his character/ and valuable services/ as their/ President./ Jan. 1851." in script; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line 
Gift of George Van Nest Baldwin, Jr.
Object Number 
1934.40ab
Marks 
engraved: in a cartouche on the front: "Presented/ to/ Abraham Van Nest Esq./ by/ THE GREENWICH SAVINGS BANK/ as a/ Token of the high esteem/ entertained for his character/ and valuable services/ as their/ President./ Jan. 1851." in script stamped: on the base: "BALL, TOMPKINS & BLACK" in a banner with eagles in circles at each end over, "SUCCESSORS TO" in a rectangle over "MARQUAND & CO" in a banner over "NEW-YORK" in a rectangle over "WF" in a rectangle
Gallery Label 
This pitcher was originally presented a part of a pair by the employees of the Greenwich Savings Bank to their president, Abraham Van Nest (1777-1864) as a token of esteem. Nevertheless, in 1934, George Van Nest Baldwin, Jr., one of Abraham Van Nest's great-grandson's, presented this one to the N-YHS. The other pitcher was donated to the N-YHS seven years later by Sarah H. Van Nest, a great-grandaughter.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group