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Northeastern United States



7-1/4 in x 8-1/2 in x 6-1/2 in (dia)


Pewter (Britannia)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, The David Wilson Mansion, Inc.

Accession Number


Condition Notes

The body is bent inward below the spout.  Some melting of foot-ring is visible.


Ex coll. Mrs. E. Tatnall (Mary Corbit) Warner.


This unmarked pitcher is made of a refined version of pewter, a tin alloy, called Britannia.  Britannia was a harder and less brittle metal that could be shaped by spinning the work against a chuck or form.  It also polished to a higher sheen, more similar to silver.  This baluster-shaped pitcher has an applied cast handle.  The spout is a separate piece of metal that has been cut into the top of the body and soldered in place.  Pewter has a low melting point so that objects such as this one, left on a hot stove, were subject to melting.