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Pitcher

Object Number: 
1977.11
Date: 
1833
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 5/8 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. ( 32.1 x 24.8 x 16.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 32 oz (troy) 2 dwt (999 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the front center: "From the Citizens of the Thirteenth Ward, to/ ALDERMAN JAMES PALMER;/ as a Memorial of his Philanthropy, Humanity and Assiduty,/ during the prevelance of the Epidemick Cholera in the year 1832/ New York, June 1833" in scrip
Description: 
Pitcher composed of three sections: circular foot edged with stylized anthemion die roll band and row of beading on top; lower body with sixteen concave lobes and beaded midband; seamed straight-sided midsection with engraved inscription and stylized anthemion die roll band with hanging edge; raised incurved upper section with flared scalloped edge and applied die roll band extending around integral spout; hollow handle cast in form of opposed C-scrolls with furl. Engraving: "From the Citizens of the Thirteenth Ward, to / ALDERMAN JAMES PALMER; / as a Memorial of his Philanthropy, Humanity and Assiduity, / during the prevalence of the Epidemick Cholera in the year 1832. / New York. June, 1833"
Gallery Label: 
In the summer of 1832 New York City was hit by a cholera epidemic. Within two months, it killed thirty-five hundred New Yorkers, mostly slum residents. Its spread was blamed on its victims, largely working-class citizens, whose alleged intemperance and moral depravity were seen as a cause of the scourge. James Palmer (1769-1847), an alderman and resident of Manhattan's Thirteenth Ward and a member of the Board of Health, received this pitcher, one of a pair, from the citizens of his Lower East Side ward for his courageous and selfless efforts in combating the spread of the disease.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Reverend Langford Baldwin
Provenance: 
James Palmer (1769-1847), who married Elizabeth Banks (1767-1853); to their daughter Armenia Palmer (1800-1873), who married Anson Baldwin (1800-1877); to their son Hall Faile Baldwin (1838-1908), who married Susan Punchard (1837-1924); to their son Anson Baldwin (1873-1920), who married Marian Langford (1883-1956); to their son Langford Baldwin (1916-2008), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group