John Prip tea and coffee service

RIT Art Collection

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for John Prip
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
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John Prip tea and coffee service
Prip, John
5 piece silver tea and coffee service by John Prip for Reed & Barton.
1.3 Linear feet (1 banker's box )
C.S. North, Shelf 86
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for John Prip (Collapse)

Born in New York and raised in Denmark, John Prip (b. 1922) is a fourth generation metalsmith. At the age of 15 he began an apprenticeship at his father’s silversmithing factory. At the age of 26 he immigrated back to America with his wife and son and began teaching at the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University, New York. Later he taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology and while there co-owned Shop One, a retail outlet for high quality handmade objects.

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The service was designed by John Prip and produced by the Reed & Barton Company, a hollowware and flatware company in Massachusetts in the 1960s. The set, part of the "Dimension" pattern consists of five pieces: a coffee pot, tea pot, sugar and creamer. The design was based on the shape of an onion.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

All pieces are stored in one box.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Prip, John

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Art collections.


  • Designers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Metalworking and metalworking processes and techniques
  • Silversmiths
  • Silverwork -- New York (State) -- Rochester

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Preferred Citation

John Prip tea and coffee service, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2014:038

Source of Acquisition

The tea and coffee service were purchased by Becky Simmons, RIT Archivist.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in April 2014.

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