Superb “GW” George Washington Jacob Perkins’ Funeral Urn Medal Design Historical Liverpool Pottery Pitcher
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c. 1800 Federal Period, Historical Liverpool Herculaneum Pottery “Memorial Tribute” Portrait Pitcher, “He in Glory - America in Tears” and Funeral Urn with “GW” in Script, Illustrations in Arman, Page 205, Transfers W.35 and W.38, Superb Near Mint.
This superb quality Liverpool Pitcher displays three outstanding vivid black transfers, the two largest designed after engraver Jacob Perkins’ historic George Washington “URN” Funeral Medal. The Pitcher measuring 8.5” tall x 4.25” across at its base, it has vivid funerary vignettes for George Washington. The two primary designs are near identical to those seen on the Gold, Silver, Pewter and White Metal “GW” Funeral Urn memorial medals. These medals were issued and offered for sale just after Washington’s death by Jacob Perkins around greater Boston. Advertisements for the “Perkins” medals appeared in local publications as early as January 3rd, 1800. Those exceptional “tribute” designed special medals were made in honor of the funeral of the First United States President George Washington, who had recently passed away on December 14, 1799. The death of Washington who many saw as the "Father of America," inspired processions to be held in cities around the young nation, including in Boston. One side shows a Profile of Washington surrounded within a laurel wreath and the legend above, “He in Glory * America in Tears.” The other side shows a large central funeral Urn, the initials “GW” on it and a double row extensive surrounding legend. Newburyport, Massachusetts engraver Jacob Perkins prepared the several sets of dies for striking the Washington Funeral medals with this design, most similar to primary transfer designs offered here decorating this memorial Pitcher. Beneath the spout a final text added within a darker mourning style surround reading, “ A MAN without example A PATRIOT without reproach”. A wonderful exceptionally clean and pleasing example, the very finest we have ever offered. Perkins (July 9, 1766 - July 30, 1849) was an American inventor, mechanical engineer and physicist. Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Perkins was apprenticed to a goldsmith. He soon made himself known with a variety of useful mechanical inventions and eventually had twenty-one American and nineteen English patents. He is known as the father of the refrigerator. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1813 and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 1819.
Jacob went to school in Newburyport, Massachusetts until he was twelve and then was apprenticed to a goldsmith in Newburyport named Davis. Mr. Davis died three years later and the fifteen-year-old Jacob continued the business of making gold beads and added the manufacture of shoe buckles. When he was twenty-one he was employed by the master of the Massachusetts Mint to make a die for striking copper pennies bearing an Eagle and an Indian.