Overall: 15 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. ( 38.7 x 18.1 x 23.8 cm )
Wrought and cast silver presentation pitcher; urn-shaped body has repouss
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
Mark: stamped on the base three times in relief at underside, "CHAUDRON" in serpentine banner surround Engraving: Pitcher has repousse, chased, and matted (or possibly stamped) border of alternating acanthus leaves and arrows located along bottom half of body, and repousse and chased gadrooning along pitcher bottom. Inset shoulder of pitcher has repousse, chased, and engraved bellflower strings located along either side of handle/shoulder joint.
The War of 1812 produced a string of naval victories by the U.S. over the British Royal Navy. Especially spectacular was Captain James Lawrence's defeat of the British brig "Peacock" in less than 15 minutes. He was presented this pitcher in Philadelphia. He soon returned to sea duty commanding the "Chesapeake." On June 1, 1813, Lawrence lost his ship in minutes. Mortally wounded, he commanded, "Don't give up the ship," as the enemy boarded. He died 3 days later and was buried with by his captors
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