Pitcher Manufacturer: William Gale and Son (American, active 1850–58; 1862–67)
Retailer: Tiffany and Company (American, founded 1837)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Tiffany and Company was the leading retailer of silver in New York City at the time this pitcher was made. Although the firm eventually had its own manufacturing capabilities, in its early years it used existing manufacturing silversmiths to fill orders, as in the case of this pitcher by William Gale and Son. With its entwined ivy and oak branches and rusticated handle it exemplifies the Rococo Revival style.


Sterling silver


11 3/4 × 5 1/4 × 8 3/4 in. (29.845 × 13.335 × 22.225 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Victoria Keator DePalma in memory of Rt. Rev. Frederic William Keator, Yale College 1880, and Frederic William Keator, Jr., Yale, M.E. 1924

Accession Number



19th century


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Frederic M. Keator (1855-1924); descent through his family to Mrs. Victoria Keator DePalma (1933-2022), Milford, Conn.; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1999
  • "Acquisitions, 1999," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2000), 163
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Additional information

Object/Work type

pitchers, utilitarian objects


"Tiffany & Co. [o superscript over a dot] / G9770G/ ENGLISH STERLING/ 925-1000/6/550 BROADWAY. N-Y" [all Roman capitals] incused on underside; "62" and "17674" scratched on underside.


"Friendship & Affectionate/ Farewell/ to [script]/ the Rev. Frederic M. Keator [Gothic font]/ January 15th 1896/ Edgewater Ills. [script]" engraved on blank panel on front of the pitcher's body.

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