Overall: 10 1/2 x 9 x 6 in. ( 26.7 x 22.9 x 15.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 29 oz (troy) 2 dwt (905 g)
Wrought silver covered pitcher; octagonal, pear-shaped body decoated with chased foliate decoration and three foliate scroll cartouches; body seated on a stepped octagonal foot; stepped band applied around the rim; squared, covered, snub-nosed pouring lip chased with foliate decoration; hinged, stepped, octagonal domed lid with a chased band of flowers around the center; cast, acanthus flame finial; double-scroll handle, cast in vertical halves applied to the body; engraved in the center cartouche, "Presented to/ Ald. C. Crolius,/ by the proprietors of the/ Manhattan line of/ Stages." in script; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Gift of Sarah E. Scofield
Inscription: engraved in the center cartouche: "Presented to/ Ald. C. Crolius,/ by the proprietors of the/ Manhattan line of/ Stages." in script Mark: stamped on the base: "G & H" in roman letters in a rectangle below "G/ &/ H" in an oval above "1/47/8" in a diamond
This pitcher was presented to stoneware manufacturer Clarkson Crolius, Jr. (1806-1887), Alderman of the Sixth Ward, by the proprietors of the Manhattan line of stages. He was the most well-known member of the Crolius family and an influential politician. As a member of the Assembly from New York, Speaker of the House, and Grand Sachem of the Tammany Society, Crolius dominated politics in the Sixth Ward (around City Hall) from the early years of the nineteenth century until his death in 1843.
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