Overall: 3 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 4 3/8 in. ( 9.2 x 7.9 x 11.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 5 oz (troy) 1 dwt (186 g)
Inscriptions: engraved at center front, upper quarter: "Hebe G. Gedney" in script Date "1850" is also engraved at bottom of mug. Maker's mark: stamped on base: "S. KIRK" in a rectangle above two assay office marks; assay marks depict arms of Maryland i
Seamed silver mug; circular body with straight sides, tapering from the molded and reeded base band to the applied, plain over beaded rim; four die-rolled bands around the body, two foliate, waved bands around the mid section and daisy bands around the upper and lower body; cast and applied double-scroll handle with a forked terminal; engraved in the center, "Hebe G. Gedney" in script; engraved on the base, "1850;" maker's marks on the base.
This mug was manufactured by silversmith Samuel Kirk, who established his firm in Baltimore in 1815 during the city's economic boom following the War of 1812. Although Kirk silver today is often associated with the intricate "Baltimore repoussé" style that he introduced in 1828, this mug bears evidence of the firm's diverse capabilities during its early years. The vertical seam under the handle indicates that the mug was constructed with machine-rolled sheet silver, a significant step toward mechanization of the silver industry. While spinning on a lathe, the body of the mug was ornamented with bands rolled directly into the silver stock.
Gift of Mrs. Algernon S. Sullivan
Hebe Grayson Stewart Gedney (1792-1853), who married Thomas F. Gedney (1790-1853); descent unknown; acquired by Mary Mildred Hammond (Mrs. Algernon Sydney Sullivan, 1836-1933), the donor.
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