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Object Name: Pitcher
Date: ca. 1846
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 5 × 9 1/4 × 9 1/4 in., 35 oz (troy) 0.9 dwt (12.7 × 23.5 × 23.5 cm, 1090 g)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Cast and wrought silver presentation pitcher; octagonal body tapering toward the applied, molded rim from the applied, molded base; cast spout in the form of a dolphin and shell with foliate and ball drop; cast s-scroll handle, upper portion with shell decoration and a conch grip, lower portion with acanthus decoration; diaper and scroll decoration engraved around the base and shell and foliate scoll cartouches on each side; front cartouche engraved, "NEW YORK YACHT CLUB/ Subscription Stakes/ October 7th, 1846." in script and block letters; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line: Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Object Number: 1981.19
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Marks: Engraved in the front cartouche: "NEW YORK YACHT CLUB / Subscription Stakes / October 7th, 1846." in script and block letters; stamped on the base: "WM F. LADD" in roman letters in a rectangle above, "NEW-YORK" in a serrated rectangle

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In 1846, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) held its first Corinthian Regatta, a race that required amateur yachtsmen to crew and pilot competing boats. This pitcher was presented to Commodore John Cox Stevens (1785-1857) for his victory in the race. Established in 1844, the NYYC was the first long-running association dedicated to yachting in the United States. Stevens was one of nine founders of the club, and its earliest meetings were held at his Hoboken home, Elysian Fields. The Club began the tradition of awarding race winners with silver trophies in 1845.

Provenance:

John Cox Stevens (1785-1857), who married Maria C. Livingston (1790-1855); to his brother Edwin A. Livingston (1795-1868); descent unknown; purchased from Lyndhurst Corporation, 1981.

Exhibitions:

"Glimmers of the Past: Presentation Silver from the Collection of The New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, September 2–December 5, 1999.

"Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York," New-York Historical Society, May 4–September 23, 2012; Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, January 28–April 20, 2014.