|Electra's water pitcher|
Mary kept Electra’s water pitcher on top of the organ in their living room. At the time, it was filled with cattails and other dried flowers. On one visit to their house, I shared with Mary my feelings about the Smith family and told her I’d love to have Electra’s water pitcher if she was ever ready to give it up. It didn’t happen immediately, but one day as we were saying our goodbyes, she gave it to me. I promised Mary I’d take good care of it for her.
|Electra Smith Jack|
Electra married Daniel Jack, the widow of her sister Eunice, in Apollo on February 20, 1896. This tells me the pitcher is at least 122 years old since the last name on the side is her maiden name “Smith,” not her married name “Jack.”
The white glazed pitcher is in good condition. It has grape leaves on both sides and underneath the spout. There is gold stenciling on the handle, around the mouth, bottom, and on the leaves.
The stenciling shows some wear on the handle and spout but otherwise is in good condition.
The marking on the bottom is “AF” followed by a period. There is the number 2 underneath the AF. The “A” and “F” share the same line.
Electra’s water pitcher sits on the dresser in my bedroom so I see it every day. I often find myself reflecting on what life would have been like for Electra in the late 19th, early 20th centuries.
I plan to keep my promise to Mary and take care of this Smith family heirloom.
|Electra holding my mother-in-law Mary Athya, ca. 1930|