Hot water urn on a stand
Overall: 20 1/4 × 11 3/4 × 8 3/8 in. (51.4 × 29.8 × 21.3 cm) Overall (weight, with ivory): 90 oz (troy) 6.2 dwt (2
stamped: on the bezel: "F. B/ N. D" in roman letters in a rectangle and a lion passant in a cartouche engraved: on the bezel: "H * C" in block letters stamped: inside the base of the urn: lion passant in a crtouche, leopard's head crowned in a shield, "
engraved: below the arms: "THE GIFT OF THE CITIZENS/ OF/ Bristol/ TO/ Henry Cruger Esq./ FOR SERVICES PERFORMED IN PROMOTING/ THE REPEAL OF THE STAMP ACT/ ANNO DOM 1766./ MEMBER OF PARLIMENT/ REIGN GEORGE III" in block letters and gothic script engraved: in the center of the stand: "Exhibited/ in Colonial Room/ of the/ Metropolitan Museum/ during the/ Hudson Fulton Celebration/ 1909/ Exhibited by the Colonial Dames/ in their Ecclesiastical Exhibition of silver/ at the Metropolitan Museum/ Season of 1912/ in the Historical Department" in script
Wrought silver presentation hot water urn and stand; apple-shaped body with a repoussé chased gadrooned rim; high, narrow, bell-shaped, domed lid with a gadrooned band with a flame in cup finial; seated on an hour-glass shaped pedestal on a square foot with a gadrooned band and pierced rail, supported by four cast ball and claw feet; two beaded spiral handles tapering into leaf-form joints; spigot with chased leaf decoration and a wooden spigot; engraved on one side of the body, above the spigot with the crest of the Cruger family, a demi-greyhound on fess; on the opposite side engraved with the arms of the Cruger family, shield in halves, on the left, three martlets on bend between two greyhounds proper, on the right three martlets in a chevron, all surounded by the sea with a three-masted ship flying the Union Jack to the right and water flowing into an urn on the left; engraved below the arms, "THE GIFT OF THE CITIZENS/ OF/ Bristol/ TO/ Henry Cruger Esq./ FOR SERVICES PERFORMED IN PROMOTING/ THE REPEAL OF THE STAMP ACT/ ANNO DOM 1766./ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ REIGN GEORGE III" in block letters and gothic script; all on a square stand with a gadrooned band, supported by four ball feet; engraved in the center, "Exhibited/ in Colonial Room/ of the/ Metropolitan Museum/ during the/ Hudson Fulton Celebration/ 1909/ Exhibited by the Colonial Dames/ in their Ecclesiastical Exhibition of silver/ at the Metropolitan Museum/ Season of 1912/ in the Historical Department" in script; maker's marks stamped on the bezel and inside the base of the urn.
This London-made hot water urn was reportedly presented to Henry Cruger (1739-1827) in recognition of his political achievement on the international stage. Born and educated in New York City, Cruger moved to Bristol, England, in 1757. During the Stamp Act crisis of 1765, Cruger advocated strenuously for its repeal, earning the gratitude of countless British merchants and manufacturers affected by the stagnation of American trade. According to its inscription, the urn was presented to Cruger by the citizens of Bristol as a mark of their appreciation for his efforts.
Purchase, Belknap Fund
Henry Cruger (1739-1827), who married (3rd) Caroline Smith (1780-1823); to their daughter Matilda Caroline Cruger (1809-1891), who married Hon. Thomas J. Oakley (1783-1857); to their daughter Matilda Cruger Oakley (1827-1914), who married William Rhinelander (1827-1908); to their son Thomas J. Oakley Rhinelander (1858-1946), who married Edith Cruger Sands (1874-1923); to their son Philip Rhinelander II (1895-1973); consigned by his estate to Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York; purchased by N-YHS at auction, March 6, 1974.
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