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Coffee pot (post 1813)

1. Lion passant in hexagonal surround (could mean it is Dutch post 1814)
2. obscured
3. Engraved with butterfly CRE UNKNOWN; This continental silver coffee pot lacks it's spirit lamp. We know there was one originally as it is noted in Whistler's Catalogue of Silver. This would have gone underneath the pot to heat the coffee. The handle and finial on the top are both made from fruitwood. Whistler's plate book records that it was bought from Dicker of Vigo Street in London.

This is part of a collection of over 350 pieces of flatware and cutlery from the Whistler Estate. Whistler's silver was a working collection of late 18th and early 19th century Dutch and English ware, acquired in the late 1880s and 1890s with his wife Beatrix Whistler. A plate book (coll. Glasgow University Library Special Collections, ref W NB7) records some purchases. Whistler's taste was for elegant neo-classical pieces which he often had marked with his distinctive butterfly design.