Overall: 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 in. ( 27.3 x 31.1 x 15.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 31 oz (troy) 2 dwt (967 g)
engraved: on front: "B" in bright-cut script stamped: on base: "I. T." in a conforming rectangle, between two illegible pseudo-hallmarks
Wrought silver teapot; oval boat-shaped body on oval stepped base joined to the body by an oval pedestal; applied, vertical die-rolled foliate band footring; applied, die-rolled foliate band around the pedestal; applied, die rolled foliated band below the stepped convex shoulder; applied, vertical die-rolled foliate band rim; hinged, oval domed lid with gadrooning around the top of the dome with a urn-shaped finial; cast and seamed scrolled handle crimped below and above the single handle terminals forming oval bands; cast and seamed curved spout; bottom half ten sided, oval band in the middle, plain with notched lip and an acanthus leaf pendent on top half; engraved, "H" in bright-cut script on the center front of each body; maker's marks on the base.
This teapot is part of a generous service, with a statuesque coffeepot, two ample teapots perhaps used interchangeably for hot water or tea, and a large covered sugar bowl, waste bowl, and creamer. The service belonged to Walter Bowne (1770-1846), a wealthy New York hardware merchant who served as the city's mayor from 1828 to 1833. Silversmith John Targee, who marked the service, was an influential city and state politician who had a long history of association with Bowne. In addition to Bowne's patronage of the silversmith in 1806, the two served together as volunteer firemen, and were on the city's Common Council and active members of the Tammany Society.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Townsend Lawrence
Walter Bowne (1770-1846), who married Eliza Southgate (1783-1809); probably to their daughter Mary King (1808-1874), who married John Watson Lawrence (1800-1880); to their son Walter Bowne Lawrence (1839-1912), who married Annie Townsend (1841-1902); to their son Townsend Lawrence (1871-1952), who married (2nd) Caroline L. Bogert Browne (1882-1942), the donors.
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