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Vernon, Nathaniel
Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silver, with wooden handle
HOA: 4-1/2″; WOA: 6″; DIA: 3-3/4″ (base)
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Round, slightly pear-shaped saucepan, rim footed, decorated with a molded band at top, fitted with a lid with ball finial and with a walnut (lignum vitae) handle set into a silver socket.

INSCRIPTION: Original engraved initial on body removed and replaced with another reflecting a later style of typography.

MARK: Struck on the base with an intaglio “N.VERNON” mark in a serrated rectangle reserve.

MAKER: Nathaniel Vernon (1777-1843) worked in Charleston from 1801 until about 1835. The first documentation of him is an 1801 newspaper announcement that he had taken over the silversmith and jewelry business of Daniel Carrell and would operate under the name of Nathaniel Vernon & Co. In 1806 he began to advertise under his own name and mark his silver “N. VERNON”. Advertisements published during the 1820s indicate that Vernon sold a wide variety of stock, including many imports from Europe and the American North. He worked as late as 1835 at several locations in Charleston and died 4 October 1843. See E. Milby Burton, “South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860 (Charleston, SC: Charleston Museum, 1967).

FORM: Silver saucepans were not intended for cooking, as were their base-metal counterparts, but for warming liquor over a small open flame. Most examples have wooden handles because silver conducts heat very quickly. Especially popular during the eighteenth century, saucepans were made with or without spouts and lids.

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund