Sheffield plate, ivory
Overall: 19 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 13 1/8 in. ( 48.9 x 28.9 x 33.3 cm )
engraved: in the reserve: Grim family crest, a unicorn's head, over, "G" in script engraved: on the reverse of the baseband: "D. G. P.G. M. I. G. S. C. A. S. E. C. S." in block letters
Cast and wrought Sheffield plated coffee urn; circular, urn-shaped body; applied, concave shoulder with an applied gadrooned band around the rim; bezel inside; bright-cut band of flowers and scrolls below the shoulder; circular reserve on the front center of the body, surrounded by a bright-cut garland, engraved with the Grim family crest, a unicorn's head, over, "G" in script; oval domed lid, with a deep bezel, surmounted by a ball finial; two pivoting ring handles with cylinder hinges, applied to either side of the body with cast lion's mask joints; long round spout, applied to the body with an oval joint with a reeded edge; curved spigot from a cylindrical tap with a cast ball finial and a s-scroll handle with a screw-on ovoid ivory finial; seated on a trumpet-shaped pedestal flared to a square bottom; pedestal applied to a square base with concave sides seated on four ball feet with mid-bands; vertically applied, plain base band, engraved on the reverse, "D. G. P.G. M. I. G. S. C. A. S. E. C. S." in block letters; wrought and seamed coal cylinder hung on an interior lip from an applied, slightly domed, circular disk with two circular holes cut out on either side; circular lid fitted into the cylinder with a ring handle; no maker's marks.
This coffee urn descended through David Grim (1737-1826), Philip Grim (d. before 1826), Miss Isabel Grim Schermerhorn and Charles A. Shermerhorn to the donor, whose initials are engraved on the baseband.
Gift of Mrs. Constance Schermerhorn Skillin
David Grim (1737-1826), who married Maria Hocking; to their son, Philip Grim (1766-1821); to his daughter Maria Isabel Grim (1809-1890), who married George Stevens Schermerhorn; to their son, Charles Augustus Schermerhorn (1839-1914); to his daughter, E. Constance Schermerhorn (b. 1886), who married J. Harper Skillin.
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