each overall: 11 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. ( 28.3 x 14 x 12.4 cm )
Pair of wrought silver presentation pitchers; ovoid-shaped bodies with large chased ovoid flutes; each on an oval foot with molded footrings; applied oval necks with short, broad pouring lips, low on the sides; molded bands applied around the rims; cast double-scroll handles applied to the back of each; circular engraving on the front of each of Liberty freeing the Slaves, she holds a liberty pole topped by a liberty cap and is removing shackles from the arms of two slaves, a freed slave reading and Joseph Curtis raising a mirror to reflect the the rays of the sun rising over mountains in the background; engraved below the vignettes, "Act. 31.st March 1817/ Manumission Society of New York/ Joseph Curtis" in roman letters and script; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Joseph Reuben Curtis (1782-1856), who married Dorothy Hopkins (1778-1858); to their daughter Ella Maria Curtis (1816-1893), who married Lewis Gaylord Clark (1808-1873); to their daughter Mary Dakin Clark (1838-1916), who married George Green Mecklem (1834-ca. 1913); to their son Clive Mecklem (1865-1928), the donor.
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