Trays, set of 3

Object Number: 
1957.191a-c
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Largest (tray): 18 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (47.9 x 3.5 cm)
Marks: 
Inscriptions: engraved at centers: "SA" in script, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; borders engraved with wheel-turned edging, waves, wheel-turned punches, and three rows of bright-cut engraved scales with floral and foliate in-fills tr
Description: 
Set of three wrought silver trays; flat, chamfered, rectangular bases with raised, convex sides and applied, cast reeded bands around the rims; two cast corkscrew handles with curved grips are applied to each on opposite ends of the trays; sides are outlined with wheel turned decoration; three bands of punched and engraved semi-circles with foliate motifs in their centers are around the edges of the trays; "SA" engraved in script in the centers, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; makers' marks stamped on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
This set of trays belonged to Susan Arden (1766-1849), the daughter of New York merchant Thomas Arden (1721-1798. The set is boldly engraved with Arden's initials and family crest. With their oversized monogram, the trays conveyed a strong statement of power and wealth, particularly for a woman of the period (and, not inconsequentially, one who was unmarried). This sumptuous set of three trays, in graduated sizes, required more than 283 ounces of silver.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
Provenance: 
Susan Arden (1766-1849); probably bequeathed to her niece, Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b. 1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute (b. 1845); to their son, John Babcock Morris, Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group