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Coffee Set, ca. 1928-29

This is a Coffee set. It was attributed to Kem Weber and designed by Ilonka Karasz and manufactured by Paye & Baker Manufacturing Company and made by Porter Blanchard.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Collection of John C. Waddell as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

It is dated ca. 1928-29. Its medium is pewter, ebonized wood.

While the aesthetic of this hand-wrought pewter coffee set, probably designed by Kem Weber around 1928–29, is different from his candelabra, both were made by Porter Blanchard, with whom Weber worked. The reeding suggests the form of the wood elements in Weber’s sideboard and chair.

It is credited Collection of John C. Waddell.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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Its dimensions are

Coffeepot: H. 8 5⁄8" W. 8" D. 4 5⁄8"; Sugar bowl: H. 3 1⁄2" W. 6 1⁄4" D. 3 3⁄4"; Creamer: H 3 1⁄2" W. 6 1⁄4" D. 3 3⁄4"

It has the following markings

Marks: Underside of coffeepot struck “HANDMADE / COLONIAL PEWTER / [silhouette of smith holding hammer, in square / PORTER BLANCHARD”

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