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Object Name Pitcher
Date 1810-1825
Description Pearlware (white earthenware) pitcher with transfer-printed and filled (painted) designs; pink luster trim on the rim, spout, and handle. One side of the pitcher has a scene of Adam and Eve in a garden with mountains in the distance; they are next to a tree with a serpent twined around the trunk. There are three columns, two with a globe at top and one with a crown. Each column has a word printed above: "SCIENCE," "HARMONY," and "PEACE". Inscription above the scene: "DARKNESS COMPREHENDETH IT NOT / LIGHT / Ariseth in the East and shineth unto the West, unto all / FREE GARDNERS, / Enlightened on the Face of the terrestrial Globe / under whose inspection this comes / GREETING / In the East is a place full of light where reigns / HARMONY".
The opposite side of the pitcher has a verse: "FRIENDLY SOCIETY'S / FEAST / COME, come, / Brother Members, both little and great. / Who in friendship partake of our annual treat, / While happy and cheerful we sit here and sing, / Each Tradesman and Labourer's blest as a King. / Then attend to the health, that with pleasure I give, / May we ever a FRIENDLY SOCIETY live! / But altho' we are happy in this our good Feast, / Of the ends of our Meeting perhaps 'tis the least: / To our praise be it said, 'tis by all understood, / Our chief friendly Design is to meet to do good." The verse is surrounded by a wreath of leaves with acorns and berries; below the verse is a pair of clasped hands.
The front of the pitcher, beneath the spout, has an inscription: "DO JUSTICE, / LOVE MERCY, / WALK HUMBLY, / BEFORE THY GOD." In a ribbon below the inscription is a signature in a red ribbon: "T. Baddeley, Hanley."
Made in England. Pitcher measures 5.5 inches high.
(Keywords: European, Commemorative)
Acquisition Richard J. Turk Jr. Memorial Fund
Ownership and History A friendly society is a group that joins together for a common financial or social purpose. Annual feasts were among the traditional activities of these groups, which existed in Europe and in the United States. Details of the particular group that used this pitcher are not known; its design may have been intended to be suitable for a broad range of organizations.

The pitcher's elaborate transfer-printed decoration is the work of Thomas Baddeley, a member of a family that was active in the pottery industry of Staffordshire, England. He evidently specialized in adding symbolic decoration to ceramic forms that were made by other craftspeople.

This pitcher was acquired from the collection of Elliott Burgher (1897-1978), a noted collector of prints, Native American artifacts, and other antiques. Mr. Burgher and his family lived in the Four Corners and Dongan Hills areas of Staten Island. Elliott Burger was a trustee of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (Staten Island Museum). He worked as a manager in a Staten Island office of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and he was a member of several fraternal and community organizations.
Earliest Date 1810
Latest Date 1825
Material Ceramic
Subjects Emblems
Fraternal organizations
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Catalog Number F07.1548
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
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