A "Lyman's" patented spout was the 'must-have' accessory for the up and coming Victorian hostess. It's the simplest of inventions: a simple flange that prevented large chunks of ice and the debris that was embedded in the cut-from-the-frozen-lake ice from entering the spout and being poured into a glass.
The Lyman's spout has rarely been photographed. Although many of our pitchers boast the Lyman's spout only the Meriden pitchers videos of model #434 & 435 provide an opportunity to see the flange!
ABOUT THE LYMAN SPOUT...
The Lyman' patented spout was a highly coveted feature in double-wall ice pitchers.
The hinged flange prevented large chunks of ice from entering the spout. Ice was not machine made at that time, and came from frozen lakes, and mountainsides. That ice was filled with debris: bugs, leaves, twigs, etc... The Lyman spout prevented that debris from sullying the iced beverage experience!
Volume I -four double wall ice pitchers
Volume II - Four double wall ice pitchers
Volume III - Four double wall ice pitchers
This video (below) is one of our favorite pieces of silver!!!
Created by Holmes & Edwards this double-walled pitcher is missing the frame that suspended it so that it could 'tilt'.
The rarity of finding Holmes & Edwards holloware made it impossible to exlude this piece from the museum!
This ‘Pan’ spout is first glimpsed in the 1867 Meriden B. Catalogue (page 55). It is listed as Model number 24 and its 1867 price was $18.00. Eighteen dollars ($18) in 1867 is equivalent to around three hundred eleven dollars in 2019. It is ‘Triple plated silver’ plated on White Metal
We offer this video for your enjoyment,
Or, you can scroll down to find a gallery of photos.
The American Silver Museum
This Double Wall Patent Valve Ice Pitcher, is featured in the 1867 Meriden Britannia catalogue (P. 54). It is listed under an incredible detailed illustration of the item, and marked as ‘No. 25, X Medallion. Priced at (1867 dollars) of $17.00 each in the catalogue!
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