Additional Information: A rare and beautiful paneled teapot featuring repousse,
chased, and engraved ornamentation; the hinged lid features a magnificent spread wing
swan. The base is marked "Rich & Willard, Boston Fine" (probably 800 silver). Bottom
engraved "Artemas Ward". Additional information about the maker and owner is
Born in 1762 in Shrewsbury, this Artemas Ward also became influential in politics and public service. He married Catherine
Maria Dexter in 1788 and together they had 7 children. He graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1783 and a LL. D in 1842
and served on the Board of Overseers. He was an attorney, and practiced law in Weston, MA for seventeen years, often with brother-in-law Samuel Dexter (Secretary of War to John Adams). Later he moved to Charlestown, and then Boston. Artemas Ward served in several public roles, including as United States Representative (1813-1815), delegate to the Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention in 1820, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas from 1821 to 1839. He
was an outspoken opponent of United States entry into the War of 1812. He was known for his financial acumen and died in Boston in 1847.
Benjamin Franklin Willard (1803-1847) was the fifth son of Simon Willard (1753 - 1848) and Simon's second wife, Mary Bird
Willard. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on 2 November 1803. He was a talented mechanic, clockmaker, inventor, and artist.
Like his brother, Simon Willard Jr. (1795 - 1874), Benjamin Franklin Willard received limited schooling and went to work in his
father's clock making shop at a young age. Although he learned the clock making trade, he did not go into the clock making
business for himself; at times he worked for his father and other parties. For instance, in 1840, Willard installed a tower clock in
the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, Massachusetts. It is not known whether this clock survives.
The only clock known to survive is the unique and remarkable astronomical regulator he designed and built in 1844 in his
brother's Boston clock shop at No. 9 Congress Street, Boston. This clock won a Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Charitable
Mechanics Association. It is now in the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.
Willard's scientific and technical interests outside of clock making included an invention of a revolving signal light for lighthouses.
In 1828, the United States government contracted with Willard to supply the Light-House Service with his new form of signal light
for the lighthouse at the entrance of Boston harbor. Willard built and tested the clock-driven light at his brother's shop on
Congress Street. The signal light was installed in the Boston Light sometime around 1830 or 1834, and Willard was
compensated $230 for the new equipment and repair of the older machinery. In 1839, Willard thought it best to patent his
invention. A copy of the patent is reproduced in Simon Willard and His Clocks by John Ware Willard.
Willard was also talented artist and calligrapher. Willard worked as secretary of the Boylston Insurance Company and the India
Insurance Company between 1834 and 1838. In 1846-1847, he ran a jewelry and silversmith business in Boston under the name
of Rich & Willard.
Lid with projecting thumbpiece features a plain border. The diapered background
centering a vacant shield festooned with acanthus decoration. Interior lid retains
a thinning gold wash. 3-inches good condition.
A silver presentation piece in the form of a water pitcher with attached ornaments in the form of an eagle with a shield and American flag over rifles and swords, a shield with a helmet and various weapons including a bow and arrow and swords, and a standing figure of Liberty with the American flag, inscribed Presented to / Stephen H Burton / by / Miles Greenwood / December 10, 1864, marked for Gorham and 490; height 11.5”.
Stephen Henry Burton (1816-1885) was an ironworks owner who settled in Avondale, a prestigious nineteenth century Cincinnati neighborhood. Burton eventually became the first mayor of Avondale and an Ohio state senator…a street and a school were named in his honor. Burton's wife Martha suggested the name Avondale for the village, because a stream behind the Burton home reminded her of the Avon River in England. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Burton, a native of New York, found himself in Texas during the Texas Revolution in 1835. He and his fellow troops were captured and at first were ordered to death by General Santa Anna. However, a work plan was devised to replace the execution order, and Burton escaped in disguise, returning to his native New York before relocating to Cincinnati in 1844.
In the Queen City he entered an ironworks partnership, first with a Mr. Lockwood, and then with Miles Greenwood (1807-1885), the presenter of this pitcher. Greenwood founded Eagle Ironworks in 1832, which was eventually the largest ironworks in the Midwest. During the Civil War the Ironworks was an important producer of munitions for Union trips, including iron anchors for pontoon bridges, gun-carriages, caissons, cannons, and even turrets for ironclad ships. Southern sympathizers, known as Copperheads, tried to burn down the Eagle Ironworks multiple times during the Civil War.
Miles Greenwood is also known for being a co-inventor of the first practical steam fire engines in the United States during the 1850s. Cincinnati became the first American city to form a professional fire brigade on April 1, 1853, and Greenwood was named the first Fire Chief. Greenwood's Eagle Ironworks manufactured the steam-powered engines which could pump water in just ten minutes, which was much faster than previous engines. Greenwood was motivated to improve firefighting after losing his factory to a fire.
Greenwood presented his long-time business partner with this pitcher on December 10, 1864. Although we do not know the specific occasion for such a gift, its patriotic embellishments hint at honoring Burton's military service or his role in the company's success during the Civil War. It was also in 1864 that Burton became the first mayor of the newly-incorporated Village of Avondale.
The lined circular cup faceted with eight panels, above projecting octagonal band, raised on conforming stem and base, inscribed on one side, "Church of the Atonement, Philadelphia, 1848" and, on the other, "In memory of Mrs. Hetty F. Biddle Nat. January 14, 1814. Obt. March 22, 1848."
PROVENANCE: Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
H: 8 1/8 in. Weight: 18 1/4 troy oz.
Of baluster form raised on circular pedestal foot, centered by a pair of cast, and applied flower and scroll handles, inscribed, "Presented to Captain Peter Johnson of the S.S. Maui April 15th, 1917 by the Maui Chamber of Commerce Kahului, Maui," with an engraved rendering of the S.S. Maui on the other.
See "The Story of Hawaii and Its Builders," edited by George F. Nellist, published by Honolulu Star Bulletin, Territory of Hawaii, 1925; it is stated that, Captain Peter Johnson (b. 1863) is listed as "one of the best known mariners in the western ocean. A native of Sweden, Johnson took to the sea at an early age. He arrived in Honolulu in 1880; established a home in San Francisco, where he later worked alongside and befriended Captain William Matson (1849-1917), founder of the Matson Navigation Company.
The commercial passenger ship, the S.S. Maui, which traveled between the US West Coast and Hawaii, was built in 1917 by Union Iron Works at San Francisco, California, for the Matson Navigation Company of San Francisco. Johnson served as its first commander.
The basket has octagonal, fluted sides and base, and bright cut engraving.
It is marked "Peter and Anne Bateman" and "London 1797 - 1798" on the bottom
Condition: very good condition with exception of pinhead size hole made at point of lion passant punch mark.
Dimensions: 4.5-inches high, 6 3/8-inches long.
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