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about 1945
Karl F. Leinonen (Born in Finland, 1866–1957)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


19.7 x 15.9 x 9.2 cm (7 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The body of this pot was fabricated from a single sheet of hammered silver that was seamed under the spout. The slightly bulbous lower body gently tapers to a molded rim and is hinged to a lid with cut-out end. The handle and knob are wood; the handle is attached with a silver bolt that extends through knob to nut inside, and the handle sockets have double-reeded molding.

This pot, made about 1945, when Leinonen was nearly eighty years old, is perhaps his last effort in silver. It closely resembles a chocolate pot he made for a four-piece set in 1905 – 6.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.




“K. L F. / & SON” cipher and “STERLING” struck incuse on bottom.
Ada Mark * F4775


From the artist to his daughter Ellen Leinonen, who honored her father’s wishes by donating the coffeepot to the Museum.

Credit Line

Gift of Ellen Leinonen in memory of Karl F. Leinonen