Early Fletcher & Gardiner Presentation Teapot, Boylston Medical, George Shattuck

Early Fletcher & Gardiner Presentation Teapot, Boylston Medical, George Shattuck

This is possibly the earliest dated piece of presentation silver by the famous Fletcher & Gardiner firm. The excellent book “Silversmiths to the Nation, Thomas Fletcher & Sidney Gardiner” by Don Fennimore and Ann Wagner shows some truly magnificent presentation pieces, particularly those related to the War of 1812, but nothing quite as early as this pot.

The inscription, “The Premium of the Boylston Medical Committee to George Cheyne Shattuck M. D. for the best Dissertation on Cutaneous Diseases, and for the best Dissertation on Biliary Concretions- for the year 1807” is beautifully engraved and certainly interesting. Boylston Medical prizes were awarded annually by Harvard. Dr. Shattuck became the President of the Massachusetts Medical Society and endowed an observatory at Dartmouth which is still in use.

The tiny detail using the eagle touch mark as a decorative element on the top of the spout is something we have never seen.

37.8 troy ounces gross There is a chip to the top corner of the ebony handle.

Boston, 1808 c.H: 11"W: 11"D: 6"Reference number: 25377