Object Name: Pitcher, Ice Water
Object ID: 1957.013.02
Creator: Simpson, Hall, Miller & CompanyManufacturer
Place of Origin: Wallingford, CT
Description: Ice Water Pitcher. Manufactured by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., Wallingford, CT; 1880-1898; Silver-plated metal. Straight sided body, with flattened hinged dome lid, D-shaped handle, and covered spout with internal hinged flap. Vessel is double walled, interior is a white metal (probably silver). Floral repousse work covers body and lid with daisy-like flowers, buds and leaves. Top and bottom of body are decorated with bead-and-reel bands. Handle is cast and has floral designs at top; spout is cast with floral design and a pedestal base. Stamped on interior of vessel within a circular mark in upper case sans-serif letters: "SIMPSON.HALL.MILLER & CO.+ / QUADRUPLE / PLATE". Same mark appears on bottom of vessel. Also stamped on bottom "404". Threaded hole in bottom (stopper or receptacle is missing). Paper label on bottom with donor information and text, "Used on Mt. Washington at the Weirs, N.H.".
Dimensions: H-11.4 W-11 D-6.25 inches
Provenance: One of a pair of ice water pitchers with history of use on the steamship, The Mount Washington, on Lake Winnepesaukee. The Mount Washington was launched by the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1872, as an attraction to tourists coming by the rail. As rail tourism declined in the 1920s, B&M sold the boat to Capt. Leander Lavallee, who kept it as a tourist vessel until it burned in 1939.
Credit Line: Gift of Richard Parkhurst
Lavallee, Leander (1870-1947)