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Covered pitcher

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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)
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"
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.
Gallery Label: 
In 1827 New York City's first omnibus, built by Abraham Brower, created a sensation when it began ferrying passengers along Broadway. By 1850, the city boasted twenty-five routes and 425 licensed two-horse omnibuses. The proprietors of a Manhattan omnibus stage line presented this pitcher to Alderman Clarkson Crolius, Jr. (1806-1887), for his efforts in helping to establish a regular stage line along the Bowery in 1848. Alderman Crolius, a stoneware manufacturer by trade, represented the city's Seventeenth Ward, which comprised much of today's East Village and Bowery neighborhoods. Displaying a lively mix of decorative styles, the Crolius pitcher is distinguished by its copious engraved ornament. Worm-like or vermicular engraving decorates the outer edge of the cover. Gothic-style pointed arches are engraved at the top of each panel, in contrast to the more whimsical Rococo-style cartouches and foliate decoration.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Sarah E. Scofield
Clarkson Crolius, Jr. (1806-1887), who married Elizabeth Hicks Seaman (1806-1854); to their niece Sarah E. Vredenburgh (Mrs. Horace B. Scofield, 1838-1909), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group