Coffee and tea service
Overall: 5 1/2 x 11 x 6 in. (14 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm)
Inscription: engraved at center front of all hollowware: "A T M" in script with date "NOVEMBER 10TH 1897" along center of bottom.
Cast silver coffee and tea service in the Georgian melon pattern, consisting of a coffeepot, teapot, hot water pot, kettle on stand with burner, sugar bowl with lid, creamer, tea caddy, waste bowl, and sugar tongs; round, squat bodies (except for tea caddy which is elongated) with a chased lobes decorated with a foliate scroll design on four cast legs; legs attached to the bodies with trefoils dropping into paw feet; convex shoulders flared to scalloped rims with applied cast gadrooning; lids, where applicable, cast round mushroom domes with a chased scrolled foliate design with lobed knob finials; "A T M" in script on center fronts, and "November 10th 1897" in script on the bases; makers' marks on bases.
Gift to Alice Townsend Martin, whose initials are engraved on the service, and Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin on the occasion of their marriage on November 10, 1897.
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
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