James Conning Mobile Alabama Southern Coin Silver Water Pitcher
An Alabama southern coin silver rococo water pitcher with decorative panels featuring repousse blossoms and spot hammering, the cast and applied foot with shells and c-scroll elements, good patina and detail, measuring 11.75″ high at the top of the handle, it weighs 25.85 troy ounces. C. 1850
“Coin Silver” is a term used to loosely define the content of American silver objects that were produced prior to the 1870’s that have no “standard” marks but simply a name or initials and occasionally a location. This rare American pitcher is marked J. Conning Mobile, indicating it was manufactured in Alabama. This is an antebellum pitcher, produced prior to war of the rebellion. Silver objects from the “Confederate States” are considerably less common than their northern counterparts.
Note: There is a very small repair to the underside of this pitcher. It appears that there was a tiny hole which was repaired by using a “silver solder” tab. The pitcher holds water, the repair is visible in the photos of hallmarks.