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  • Coin Silver Octagon Water Pitcher "L'H BROTHERS" "W&H" circa 1845-1849
  • Item 1316
  • $12,000

Coin silver octagon water pitcher marked on the bottom “L’H BROTHERS”, a mark used by John Ayer L’Hommedieu and William T. L’Hommedieu from 1840 to 1849 in Mobile, Alabama, according to E. Bryding Adams and Frances C. Sommers in their article on “Alabama Silversmiths” found in Made in Alabama, A State Legacy, published by the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1995.  See pages 309 and 310.  Also, on the bottom is the mark of “W&H” for the New York partnership of Wood and Hughes that make a large number of silver items imported into Mobile.  The firm was formed in 1845 and continued to be operated by descendants of the original founders and added partners until 1899.  

Based on the L’Hommedieus and Wood and Hughes marks, it is reasonable to assume that the pitcher was made between 1845 and 1849.  Similar pitchers exist with the marks of James Conning and Alanson Knapp who were silversmith/retailers working in Mobile at that time.   

The pitcher from the bottom to the top of the handle measures 9¼ inches.  The base across measures 5¼ inches and across the opening of the top is 4 inches.  

There are several very minor dings in the body of the pitcher.  The pitcher has never been monogrammed.

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