This is an exceedingly rare pitcher from the Salem, MA shop of John Stevens and Ebenezer Lakeman. It is beautifully designed and executed - wonderfully lobed around the body with each lobe mirroring its surroundings. The applied scroll handle is very impressive. Engraved on one side is 'Zach Stevens/ 1825'. It is on the small side, measuring 7.75 inches high.
Zachariah Stevens was John Stevens father and a mill owner, town councilman and member of the Tyrian Lodge of Masons in nearby Gloucester, MA.
Stevens and Lakeman were in business in Salem, MA, from 1820 to 1830, taking over the shop of recently deceased Jabez Baldwin. The partnership dissolved when Stevens moved to Maine.
Advertising as jewelers and manufacturers of silverware, it is unknown how much of the silver marked by the firm was made by or retailed by them. J. B. Jones of Boston was in partnership with Jabez Baldwin until 1813. This pitcher shows stylistic traits of Jones's shop and may have been made there and sold in Salem.
This rare pitcher is stamped twice underneath 'STEVENS & LAKEMAN. It measures 8 inches across the handle and spout by 7.75 inches tall, weighs 17.60 troy ounces and is in very good/ excellent antique condition.