Coffee urn (Hot water urn)

  • Category:

    Metals

  • Creator (Role):

    James Baker Woodbury (Maker)

    Oren Colton (Maker)

    Woodbury & Colton (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1835-1836

  • Materials:

    Pewter; Brass; Ivory; Silverplate on brass; Plaster

  • Techniques:

    Cast

  • Museum Object Number:

    1983.0089 A, B


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1983.0089 A, B

Object Name

Coffee urn (Hot water urn)

Category

Metals

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Creator (Role)

James Baker Woodbury (Maker)
10/03/1805-1873
See records for Oren Colton and Woodbury & Colton. For examples of J.B. Woodbury's marks, see C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), pp.246, 286-288; Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), p.189; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.145; and Montgomery, History of American Pewter (1973), p.229. See also J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), p.61, 185 and Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.2, p.118 and vol.3, p.195.

Oren Colton (Maker)
1791-1855
See records for J.B. Woodbury and Woodbury & Colton. Prior to his collaboration with J.B. Woodbury (1835-1836), Colton was a shuttle maker and brass founder. Colton may have manufactured britannia for a time on his own, though little is known about this period. For more on Oren Colton's marks, see Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), p.56; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.127; and C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), p.246. See also J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), p.61, 185; Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.2, p.99.

Woodbury & Colton (Maker)
1835-1836
See records for John Baker Woodbury and Oren Colton. Woodbury & Colton is identified as "Britannia Ware Manufacture" at 22 Library Street in Robert Desilva's The Philadelphia Directory of 1835-36. J.B. Woodbury probably learned the trade from Israel Trask or Eben Smith, and may have had a shop of his own in or near Beverly before moving to Philadelphia. He worked in the Library Street location with his partner Oren Colton and at Cedar Street alone in 1837-8. Prior to his collaboration with Woodbury, Colton was a shuttle maker and brass founder. Colton may have manufactured britannia for a time on his own, though little is known about this period. For more on Woodbury & Colton's marks, see Laughlin, Pewter in America (1981), vol.2, p.118; C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks (1949), p.288; Ebert, Collecting American Pewter (1973), p.145; and Carl Jacobs, Guide to American Pewter (1957), p.189. See also J.B. Kerfoot, American Pewter (1942), p.61, 185; Laughlin, Pewter in America, vol.3, p.195.

Place of Origin

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Date

1835-1836

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Mark; Underside of pedestal; "WOODBURY & COLTON" and a star in serrated rectangle, stamped

Materials

Pewter; Brass; Ivory; Silverplate on brass; Plaster

Techniques

Cast

Dimensions (inches)

15.5 (H) , 10 (W) , 11 (D) , 7.795 (Diam)

Dimensions (centimeters)

39.37 (H) , 25.4 (W) , 27.94 (D) , 19.8 (Diam)

Object Description

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