Overall: 13 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. ( 34.3 x 15.6 x 24.1 cm )
Silver Weight: 36 oz (troy) 3 dwt (1125 g)
stamped: on the base: "W [?] B" in a rectangle, double struck
Wrought silver water pitcher; raised, urn-shaped body with a plain, applied shoulder and concave neck that flares to a broad pouring lip in the front; continuous band of chased acanthus leaves around the lower body; a die-rolled basket-weave band is applied below the shoulder and a die-rolled geometric band is applied to the outside of the rim; stepped, circular, splayed foot with a die-rolled band of stars around the joint, and a molded, plain convex band below; foot applied to a square base with a vertically applied, die-rolled band of roses, seated on four cast paw feet with lion's head knees; cast, double-scroll handle with a dragon's head upper terminus and foliage lower terminus; maker's mark on the base.
Gift of Miss Mary Madison McGuire
James Madison (1751-1836), who married Dolley Payne Todd (1768-1849); Tea set: to James C. McGuire (d. 1888); to his son Joseph Deakins McGuire, Sr. (1842-1914), who married Anna Madison Chapman (1844-1904); to their son James Clark McGuire (1867-1930); to his sister Mary Madison McGuire (1868-ca. 1939), the donor. Pitcher: to James C. McGuire (d. 1888); to his son Frederick Bauders McGuire; to his niece Mary Madison McGuire (1868-ca. 1939), the donor.
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