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Object Name Pitcher
Date 1880-1910
Description Stoneware pitcher; dark brown slip exterior with white slip interior and highlights. Pitcher is shaped like a tree trunk with handle and spout, its sides textured to resemble bark. Under the spout is a molded horseshoe surrounding molded lettering: "CAPT. / F. / MERRIL." with a star beneath the name. The lettering, star, and details of the horseshoe are highlighted in white. Pitcher measures 8.75 inches high.
Acquisition Gift of Elliott Burgher
Ownership and History Captain Freeman Vanname Merrell (spelled on this pitcher as Merril) (1851-1926) was a boat captain who lived in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island and belonged to the Summerfield Methodist Episcopal Church. Freeman was the son of Johanna and Oliver Merrell. He and his wife Amelia had children Grace, John White, and Clifford.

This pitcher has been tentatively attributed to the Salamander Works in Woodbridge, New Jersey; Captain Merrell is believed to transported ceramics from Woodbridge as cargo on his boat.

This pitcher was acquired by the Staten Island Historical Society from the collection of Elliott Burgher (1897-1978) of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1910
Maker Salamander Works (attributed)
Material Ceramic
Subjects Names
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Merrell, Freeman
Catalog Number F07.1264
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
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