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Benjamin West



Coffee Pot, mid 18th century
Sterling silver (metal) and wood
9 x 7 1/2 x 4 in. (22.86 x 19.05 x 10.16 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, English
Technique: Metalworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Olney
Accession Number: P78.7.2
Sterling silver coffee pot with a wooden handle mounted at one side opposite the spout. The domed lid is hinged. The center of one side of the coffee pot has an engraved coat of arms. Above the coat of arms close to the rim there are four hallmarks.

Materials
Sterling silver

Dimensions
width is the diameter of the base

Marks
There are four hallmarks in a line on the coffeepot just below the rim, on the same side as the coat of arms. The first is a capital letter "M" in an oval. The second is a lion passant in a rectangle. The third is inidentifiable. The fourth is a bulbous unidentified mark within a rectangle. None of the hallmarks are crisp and clear.

A preprinted paper card is inside the coffee pot. The top of the card is printed: "This article is from the / Antique Silver Collection / of A. Schmidt and Son." Below this text are five lines of information about the coffee pot. Next to the printed word "Original" is typed "Silver Coffee Pot". Next to "Made in the year" is typed "1743 London". Next to "Made by" is "Benj ; West". Next to "Period" is "George II". Next to "Register Number" is "493".

NOTE: None of the legible hallmarks resemble the hallmarks used by Benjamin West as his identification mark.

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