Ref #: SSXX07307
18th Century American Silver Coffee Pot
Important early American silver coffee pot, of baluster shape (a precursor to the pear- or double-bellied forms of the 1760s and '70s), one side engraved with the Penrose family coat of arms and crest as well as the initials 'PTS', with stained wooden handle, circa 1750, marked Philip Syng, Jr (1703–1789). 12" approximate height and 30.2 ounces total weight.
This coffee pot was originally owned by the Philadelphia shipbuilder Thomas Penrose (1709-1757) and his wife Sarah Coates. It is engraved with the Penrose family coat of arms and crest, as well as both of their initials.
Philip Syng, Jr. was a renowned silversmith best know for creating the Syng Inkstand, which was used to sign the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Syng was a member of Benjamin Franklin's Junto, and was a founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Union Fire Company, Philadelphia Contributionship, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a founding trustee of the Academy and College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania).
In 1999, the coffee pot was exhibited at "WORLDLY GOODS: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We also have records of its inclusion in the University Hospital Antiques Show in 1969.