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Coffee and tea service

Object Number: 
ca. 1840
Overall: 11 x 12 x 6 7/8 in. (27.9 x 30.5 x 17.5 cm)
Mark: all pieces are stamped on bases: "W. FORBES" in a rectangle Engraving: all pieces are engraved with the Lenox family crest, crowned lion passant, which are located within cartouches at both center-front and center-back.
Wrought silver tea and coffee service consisting of a coffeepot, teapot, sugar bowl with lid, creamer and waste bowl; inverted pear-shaped bodies on a high domed foot with applied vertical footring decorated with a floral heart motif; cast floral finials on high domed lids; acanthus foliage on lids, handles and pot spouts; repoussé and chased floral design on the bodies and around the feet; Lenox family crest, a lion passant crowned, in the reserves on both sides of the service; maker's marks on bases.
Gallery Label: 
This coffee and tea service was made for James Lenox (1800-1880). Wiliam Forbes was the grandson of William Garrett Forbes, and the son of Colin Van Gelder Forbes, both New York silversmiths.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group