coffeepot with lighthouse body with flared foot and cast spout with shell motif on base of spout; modified urn finial; mahogany handle

Coffeepot, c. 1755

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Tea was the hands-down favorite hot drink in Britain’s North American colonies, partly because coffee, which had to be ground, required more effort to brew. But for wealthy households with servants or enslaved labor, serving coffee could be a subtle show of wealth and social station. That may have been one reason the original owners of this pot commissioned it. The silversmith, Alexander Petrie, worked in in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Title
Coffeepot
Artist Life
(Charleston, South Carolina), active 1735 - 1775
Role
Artist
Accession Number
75.6
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coffeepot with lighthouse body with flared foot and cast spout with shell motif on base of spout; modified urn finial; mahogany handle