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Milk pot

Object Number: 
1951.298
Date: 
ca. 1791
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 14.6 x 11.7 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in oval reserve: "E R" in bright-cut script stamped: on base: "I * G" superimposed over the center punch
Description: 
Wrought silver milk pot; raised, inverted pear-shaped body with a flared rim and extended pouring lip; applied beading around the rim; cast, circular stepped foot and circular pedestal; beading applied around the edge of the foot; double-scroll, strap handle, upper juncture at rim with a paw-foot drop inside; midrib on top of handle with an applied beaded band, to slight grip, forked scroll terminal; bright-cut oval reserve suspended from a bow-knot and surrounded by a floral garland in the center of the body; oval reserve engraved, "E R" in bright-cut script; maker's mark on the base.
Gallery Label: 
The milk pot was probably made for Elizabeth Rhodes (1770-1796), who married Samuel Wharton Fisher (1764-1817) in Philadelphia in 1791.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Provenance: 
Elizabeth Rhoads (1770-1796), who married Samuel Wharton Fisher (1764-1817); to their son Coleman Fisher (1793-1857), who married Mary Read (1799-1875); to their daughter Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher (1828-1878), who married Eugene Augustus Livingston (1813-1893); to their son Richard Montgomery Callendar Livingston (1861-1945); to his cousin Goodhue Livingston (1867-1951), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group