Important Harvey Lewis Philadelphia c. 1815 Coin Silver Cann
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Relatively short-lived, born circa 1783, died 1835, Harvey Lewis nonetheless made a significant imprint in the realm of American silver smithing. His producing years, all in Philadelphia where he lived, extended from 1802-27.
Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection.
This piece stands 3 3/8" high to the rim, slightly taller to the top of the handle, and has a diameter of 3 1/8". It weighs a remarkable 9.0 T. oz.
It is straight walled, with applied rims on the upper and lower edges. The body is plain save for a row of six and a row of five lined bands, bottom and top respectively, and a script "AJ" monogram on the face opposite the handle.
The hollow handle is cee scroll form, with a feathered leaf detail applied on the top where the thumb grip is.
It is in exceptionally fine condition, especially so for a utilitarian item that is two centuries old. It is free of dents or bends, showing only light surface scratches and nicking. The handle is free of splits or other damage, and remains securely attached to the body. It should be noted that the top interior wall of the body shows two fine stress or age cracks at the join with the handle. The finish has a rich patina.
It is stamped "Harvey.Lewis" on the underside, which is a well-documented mark.