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Coffee Urn

Shop of Rudolph Christ
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
lead glazed earthenware
HOA 15 1/2
Accession Number:
The inscription on this jar clarifies its use as a storage vessel for the coffee served in a Moravian Lovefeast service. “Today we celebrate Lovefeast/That you can tell buy the good turnout/When this urn is full of coffee/How few here will be missed/And when it is full, then I am right there/And when it is empty, then we’ll sing Hallelujah.”

DESCRIPTION: Coffee jar, used to receive strained coffee during lovefeast preparations, reware, glazed brown inside, no glaze on outside, but with incised band of decoration around perimeter. Inscribed on bottom with verse. The words in brackets are partially missing due to wear about the perimeter of the base but are supplied by Dr. Schwartz by means of filling out the verse and meter of the poem. Dated March 12, 1821.

HISTORY: This urn and 391.2 have a history of use at Friedburg Moravian Church.
Credit Line:
Anonymous Loan