A silver pot pours out 18th-century tales

Coffeepot made by Charles Faris, son of an Annapolis silversmith, is relic of days gone by

Object Lesson

April 02, 2006|By GLENN MCNATT | GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC

The gleaming silver coffeepot, with its elegantly turned lid and ornately carved wooden handle, still looks as new as it did on the day it was made more than 200 years ago. One can almost smell the fragrance of fresh-brewed coffee wafting from its gracefully curved spout.

No matter that this pot, meticulously hand-crafted by an Annapolis silversmith for a wealthy Maryland family, is now far too valuable for everyday use. It still bespeaks a world of gracious living in splendid homes, and of culture, luxury and ease.

GARDENER'S TALE: THE 18TH-CENTURY WORLD OF ANNAPOLIS SILVERSMITH WILLIAM FARIS / / Through Oct. 22 / / Maryland Historical Society, 210 W. Monument St. / / 410-685-3750

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