Pitcher, c. 1800-1810
This pitcher was made in England and imported by Captain Worrell, whose name appears under the spout in gold letters. Captain Worrell was a highly respected citizen of Fell’s Point, commanding a company in the 6th Regiment, Maryland Militia in the War of 1812. He was a Past Master of Washington Lodge, No. 3 and a zealous Mason as evidenced by the decoration upon this pitcher. At the time the pitcher was presented to the museum by his son it was recounted by those who had known Capt. Worrell that he was also considered a good shot, and seldom returned from Carroll’s Island without a good number of canvas back ducks, and it was his pride to give the ship owners of Baltimore, who were generally Masons, a half ‘Masonic canvas back duck supper’ once or twice a year during the season. It was for these occasions that his son said the pitcher was procured to decorate the table. After his death in about 1846, the pitcher was carefully preserved by his widow and upon her death passed to their son, Lt. Thomas C. Worrell, a member of Coats Lodge, No. 102 in Easton, Maryland. At the time of its presentation to the museum the reappearance of this pitcher brought back “many pleasing recollections’ to a number of members who had partaken in Capt. Worrell’s suppers.