Object Number: 
ca. 1787
Silver, wood
Overall: 7 1/2 x 12 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. ( 19 x 31.4 x 11.1 cm ) Silver Weight with wood handle: 23 oz (troy) 11 dwt (732
engraved: in shield reserves: "J M A H" Mark: stamped on base: "I . V" in roman letters, in a rounded rectangle with wavy top, "P" in roman script in a rectangle and an illegible strike in a rectangle
Seamed silver teapot; oval body with straight sides, seamed beneath the handle; applied beaded bands around the base, and below the shoulder; raised concave shoulder with a beaded band below the rim; hinged, oval domed lid with a engraved waved line around the edge of the lid; hollow cast urn shaped finial; seamed, straight, tapered spout; cylindrical handle sockets with beaded bands applied around the outer edge, fitted with a wooden c-scroll handle; bright-cut shield reserves with foliate swags on both sides of the body, engraved "J M A H"; maker's marks on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This understated tea set, with its spare teapot, sugar urn, and helmet-shaped milk pot, is typical of many American Neoclassical tea sets of the 1790s to 1810s, the body of the teapot and its domed cover were constructed from rolled silver. Although its companion pieces have raised bodies, they are supported by pedestal feet and plinth-like stands assembled from sheet silver. The cipher "J M A H" identifies the original owners of the tea set, John A. Hardenbrook (1761-1832) and Mary Aymar (1763-1838), who married in 1787. The inclusion of each of the couple's initials suggests that the tea set may have been a gift to commemorate their marriage. Hardenbrook was a prominent New York broker and one of the twenty-four signatories of the 1792 Buttonwood Agreement, which led to the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Louise Hardenbrook
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group