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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Samuel Danforth, American, 1774–1816




1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm)
other: 13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm)
Gift of Albert D. Putnam, B.A. 1925, and Marcella Putnam
Made in Hartford, Connecticut
19th century
Containers - Metals

This flagon originally may have been part of a communion service that also included objects 1977.188.2-.3 and 1977.188.1. The pitting and overall wear is similar on all four objects, which suggests that they have been subject to the same conditions for a long period of time. William Hutchinson Putnam of Hartford, who owned the four pieces by the 1940's, referred to them as a communion service. In the early 19th century large dishes made for ecclesiastical use were called church plates (seed Charles A. Calder, Rhode Island Pewterers and Their Work [Providence: E. A. Johnson, 1924], 31). Gift in 1977 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


David L. Barquist, American and English Pewter at the Yale University Art Gallery: A Supplementary Checklist (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1985), 31, 76, no. 212, ill.

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