John S. Walton, New York, November 1971 Vogel Collection no. 139.1.
A nearly identical example is illustrated in Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer, The Brass Book: American, English, and European, Fifteenth Century through 1850, (Exton, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1978), p. 188, fig. B.
Overall fine condition. Wear commensurate with age and use. Pits visible to the nozzle and rings along the shaft. Solder visible at the base of each shaft where it joins the base. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.