Tea caddy

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Overall: 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. ( 14.6 x 9.8 cm )
engraved: center front: "A T M" in script engraved: on base: "November 10th 1897" in script Mark: stamped along bottom around periphery four times incuse: "HOWARD & CO."/"NEW YORK"/"STERLING"/"1896" Mark: stamped underside of front right foot also stam
Cast silver tea caddy with lid in the Georgian melon pattern; round, elongated body with chased lobes decorated with a foliate scroll design; on four cast legs attached to the body with trefoils dropping into paw feet; convex shoulder flared to a scalloped rim with applied cast gadrooning; cast lid with a raised mushroom dome and chased, scrolled foliate design; engraved, "A T M" in script on the center front, and "November 10th 1897" in script on the base; makers' marks on base.
Gallery Label: 
This tea caddy was a wedding gift to the donor's parents, Alice Townsend Martin, whose initials are engraved on the service, and Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin, on November 10, 1897.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group