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Water Pitcher

1971.986.2 (RS85549)

Description

Colorless blown and cut circuloid globular body rising from flat base, indented slightly at cylindrical neck with scalloped mouth forming a spout; cut decoration with fluted lower third of body and central diamond cut band surmounted by square facet cuts; lozenge facet cuts at neck; applied strap handle with ovoid cut along edge.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": These cut glass pitchers belonged to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, merchant James Rundlet. They were most likely used for water, placed on the table throughout the meal. In The House Servant's Directory (1827), Robert Roberts recommended placing “four or six water decanters or cut glass pitchers, on your supper table, as the company generally help themselves at supper without the formality of more attendance than is necessary for comfort.”
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1820
Location of origin
Ireland
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
cutting (dividing)
glass (material)
glassblowing
lead glass
Object type
Food Service T&E
Descriptive terms
Blown
Cut
cutting (dividing)
Glass
glass (material)
glassblowing
lead glass
PITCHER, WATER
pitchers (vessels)
Accession Number
1971.986.2
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5895

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