You are showing us a whopper of a coffee urn. Great piece of work!
Horatius van de Velde, registered in Arnhem 1659-1701. Maker's mark HVDV (conjoined). The museum of Arnhem shows us another silver water kettle made by Horatius van de Velde. Note the decoration of the lid of this kettle and compare with your "coffee pot" . The Arnhem silversmith Horatius van de Velde has produced a rare and beautiful specimen in which the decorations have been cut out (sawed) and then soldered onto the kettle.
A striking feature of this kettle are the sawed and applied leafy ornaments in the so-called cut-card technique. Only few examples of this labor-intensive technique have been preserved. The kettle shows the quality of the silversmith Horatius van de Velde at a time when the nobility of Gelderland still placed their orders with local silversmiths. The crowned weapon with ox head on the lid button probably refers to the Arnhem Van Aller family.
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By the middle of the 17th Century, coffee became more and more popular in Europe, but the well-known coffee urns were until then completely unknown. Coffee was initially made in simple high jugs, usually made of copper or pewter with a spout, a similar model to today's coffee pots. During the rise of drinking coffee, it was often drunk in so-called special coffee houses.
A new type of coffee pot developed under the influence of the increased demand for coffee at the end of the seventeenth century. Possibly the increasing popularity of the coffee house also had a major influence on the development of a new type of coffee pot. Because visitors wanted to drink more and more coffee, there was a need to be able to tap the drink themselves. This is possible with a coffee urn, where one or three taps are mounted in the belly of the urn Because the tap is not completely at the bottom of the urn, the coffee grounds remains in the belly of the urn. Moreover, the location of the tap prevents the urn from boiling dry; a heating element is part of the urn that is often, and also in this case, not preserved.
This urn also proved ideal for domestic use. Initially, just like regular coffee pots, the coffee urns were conical in shape. At the beginning of the eighteenth century the pear or baluster shaped coffee urn came into use, a form that is typical of the Baroque. This remained the most popular model until well into the nineteenth century. With the rise of electric coffee makers in the twentieth century, the pewter urn slowly disappeared from everyday life
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