Victorian Silverplate Pitcher
Very cool Victorian silverplate pitcher with a cat handle! Stamped "Metal-plated by Reed & Barton" 7h x 3.5 diameter.
The Taunton, Massachusetts, firm of Reed & Barton began in 1824 as Babbitt & Crossman, which produced a cousin of pewter known as Britannia, or Britannia ware, which was made from tin, antimony, and copper. Now most famous as the base metal inside the Oscar statuette, Britannia soon gave way to pewter before pewter quickly moved aside for silverplate and, later, sterling silver, which is what the flatware and hollowware manufacturer Reed & Barton is best known for today.