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Object ID # 1957.016.004
Object Name Pitcher, Milk
Title Cream Pitcher from a Tea Service
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Year Range from 1869
Year Range to 1898
Made Meriden, Connecticut?
Place of Origin Meriden, Connecticut?
Description An ornate, silver-plated milk (or cream) pitcher from a tea service set. The decoration on this creamer exhibits Greco-African influences. There is decorative banding around the top of the vessel, and a scene depicting a carriage, lanterns and potted palms on its sides. The pouring handle forms a rough triangle with the body of the vessel and is attached at the rim and the wider part of the body. The vessel sits on highly decorated feet.
Provenance Manufactured by the Meriden Silverplate Co. of Meriden, Connecticut. It was used as part of a tea service that belonged to the Kilbourn family. The Meriden company was founded in 1869 by Charles Casper. In 1898, it merged with other companies to create the International Silver Co. This particular pattern, No. ......., called "......", was produced between 18-- and 18--.

Previously owned by Mr. W. Quay Kilbourn of Toronto, who told museum staff that the tea service came from the home of his great-grandfather, Hiram Kilbourn.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Metal/Silver
Dimensions H-14 W-14.5 Cir-28 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kilbourn, Hiram
Kilbourn, John Melbourne
Function This Victorian milk or cream pitcher was used as part of a tea service that belonged to the Kilbourn family of Owen Sound and Bruce County. See RELATED items. It was likely manufactured in Meriden, Connecticut sometime in the 1869-1898 time period.