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Object Name Pitcher
Date 1840-1860
Description Presentation pitcher. White porcelain body has a crimson top with green leaves, and a gold coral design around a center inscription: "Henry I. Seaman". Ear-shaped handle. Marked "Cornelius Cole" on the underside (likely the name of the decorator). Probably made in France and decorated in Staten Island, Manhattan or Brooklyn. Height is 9.5 inches.
(Keywords: Victorian, HRT, European, New York)
Acquisition From Katherine Seaman and Juliet Trench
Ownership and History The inscription on this pitcher indicates that it was a gift to Henry I. Seaman, a prominent Staten Islander who in 1836 began to enlarge and develop the village of Richmond. Seaman acquired a large parcel of land between Richmond Road and Clarke Avenue, subdivided the land into lots, and built five small cottages. Seaman also provided to the county the parcel of land on which the Third County Courthouse (now Historic Richmond Town's visitor center) was built in 1837.

Earliest Date 1840
Latest Date 1860
Maker Cornelius Cole
Material Ceramic
Subjects Names
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Seaman, Henry I.
Catalog Number F07.0282
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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