The monogram is that of Thomas and Rebecca Foster, who married on 24 November 1778. The arms are those of Foster.
Although numerous silversmiths worked in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the only objects other than spoons to survive are from the workshop of George Hendel (1776-1842). Little is known of Hendel's apprenticeship, though by 1806 he had settled in Carlisle and established a business. In addition to his trade as a silversmith, Hendel fought with the Carlisle Infantry Company during the War of 1812, and later served on the town's council.
This coffee pot is among a number of silver objects made by Hendel for the Foster family known to survive. These include a sugar urn in the collection of the Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, three table spoons in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a teapot sold Sotheby's, New York, 18 January 2008, lot 71, and a four-piece tea and coffee service sold Pook and Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, 24 April 2009, lot 163.