Coffeepot with tray
Overall (a): 11 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 5 1/8 in. (29.2 × 21.6 × 13 cm) Overall (b): 3/4 in. × 7 in. × 6 3/4 in. (1.9 × 17
engraved: in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Mark: stamped incuse on base: "GALE & WILLIS/ NEW-YORK/ GALE & WILLIS / 925 STERLING"
Seamed silver coffeepot and stand; curved and fluted, tapered ovoid body with a flat applied base and shoulder with a raised convex lip decorated with simple lines; all over steel roller-die cut engraving in geometric and floral patterns with a shield shaped reserve on each side; hinged, oval domed cover with an steel roller engraved border and an urn shaped finial; straight tapered oval spout, seamed on the upper side with foliate bright-cut pendants at the lip, up the underside from the base and at the sides; handle sockets, upper vertical, lower curved to fit ivory insulators and squared silver handle with steel roller-die engraving; "L S L H" engraved in the front shield-shaped reserve in gothic letters. Flat silver stand in the shape of the coffeepot with raised, molded edge with a cast rim in the form of egg and dart molding; flat surface steel roller die engraved with foliate designs around a shield shaped reserve engraved, "L S L H" in gothic letters; four acanthus on ball feet at the corners.
This coffeepot and stand is part of a service owned by Lydia Smith Lawrence Horn (1835-1894), who came from a distinguished Long Island family. Inspired by the symmetry, straight lines, and bright-cut decoration of American Federal silver, this service is an example the Neoclassical revival. This six-piece tea and coffee service recalls English and American tea services of the 1790s to 1810s that were constructed from seamed silver sheet, then a new material. This service is manufactured primarily from thick-grade silver sheet. The decoration was achieved through a combination of machine and hand processes. The symmetrical designs were probably first stamped or impressed, while the intricate details were hand-engraved.
Gift of Sarah Lawrence Horn and Mary Thurston Horn
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