European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
TeakettleMade in London, England, Europe
Workshop of Peter Archambo, English (active London), active c. 1720 - 1767
Silver; wood handle
1959-151-9Gift of Mrs. Widener Dixon and George D. Widener, 1959
LabelThis teakettle, part of a service, bears the cipher of James Logan (1674-1751), one of the most influential leaders in the Delaware Valley during the early eighteenth century. An Irish-born Quaker, Logan met William Penn---the founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania---while teaching school in Bristol, England. He impressed Penn with his skill in mathematics and languages (he was fluent in Latin, Arabic, Greek, and Italian) and quickly became an entrusted confidant. He later became Penn's personal secretary, assuming management of all proprietary affairs after Penn's departure from Philadelphia in 1701. He also served as mayor of Philadelphia in 1722 and as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1731. The house that Logan built in Philadelphia around 1730, Stenton, exists today as a historic house museum in Philadelphia.
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