Hot water urn
Overall: 18 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. ( 47.6 x 28.6 x 31.8 cm )
engraved: front center: "Presented by the Young Mens/ Democratic Republican General Committee/ of the City of New York for the Year 1834,/ to their Chairman/ Morgan L. Smith Esq.r" in script stamped: on the footring: "J. H. CONNOR" in a serrated rectangl
Wrought and cast silver presentation hot water urn; inverted pear-shaped lower body with repoussé chased portraits of Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson on foliate scroll cartouches one one side and a repoussé chased portrait of a portrait of Henry Clay in an oval between four U.S. flags and a laurel garland; upper body incurved to a bulbous convex band, incurving to a circular neck and flaring to an applied circular rim with bezel; upper body engraved, "Presented by the Young Mens/ Democratic Republican General Committee/ of the City of New York for the Year 1834,/ to their Chairman/ Morgan L. Smith Esq.r" in script; seated on a high pedestal with a narrow convex knop and a splayed, stepped and domed foot with a scalloped footring; cylindrical spigot, curved from the tap, with two circular bands applied around it length, supported by a scrolled brace; barrel shaped tap with a cast and applied scrolled handle surmounted by a bird in flight; high, domed circular lid with a hemispherical knop at the top, surmounted by a cast eagle finial with arrows and laurel leaves in its talons; two cast, double-scroll handles applied to opposite sides of the body; maker's marks stamped on the footring andbase.
The Young Men's Democratic Republican General Committee played a major role in civic activities in New York City during the early nineteenth century. The organization presented this urn to their Chairman Morgan L. Smith in 1832. Decorated with portrait busts of Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay, the object's monumentality and the organization's ability to bestow such an object suggests the strength of the Committee's influence.
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
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