This breath-taking coin silver vessel was made in Baltimore, Maryland between 1830 and 1881 by the silversmiths Ira and William Canfield. There are in fact two of these magnificent works of art. I would prefer to sell them as a pair but will consider selling them separate. So please be sure to look at the other so you can get more views of them. All of the photographs are taken from different angles.
The dimensions of the pots are:
WIDTH : 10" (from handle to spout)
I was told when I purchased these that they had been used as water pitchers, one at each end of the table for the servants to use to replenish the guest water goblets. They also came with a very lively, rather scandalous story about the previous owners! I am not going to print it here because I could not confirm (nor did I try) the incidents that were printed and given to me. If you are truly interested in acquiring one or both of these, I will be glad to email you the details. I can tell you they were once part of the service ware of the Braeburn Mansion of Vanderbilt University here in Nashville, TN. Like many universities, Vanderbilt owns a residence that is used for entertaining and housing guest and providing a home for the chancellor. Braeburn is located in Belle Meade, an affluent neighborhood located close to the university and downtown Nashville. These large pots have outstanding ornate chasing, with scrolls and leaves, grape clusters and vines covering the entire pot. There is a cartouche on each side, one of which has a "B" monogram. The pots features a 3-dimensional cast and applied faux wooden grape vine for the handle and spout with large detailed leaves, tendrils and clusters of grapes hanging from their stems.The handle has the original bone insulators. These really are in remarkable, excellent condition with no dents or dings. You can tell they were well taken care of. The top of the hinged lid has a finial in the shape of a grape vine twig with yet another cluster of grapes. Truly, magnificent! When you examine these pots with all the brilliant detail you will absolutely be in awe that someone could actually make these incredibly detailed works of art by hand! My pictures cannot begin to capture how beautiful they are. Every time I look at them I notice something different. These outstanding pieces would make a fantastic gift for a collector and would add grace and prestige to any service!