Overall: 5 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. ( 14.9 x 8.9 x 16.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 9 oz (troy) 12 dwt (299 g)
engraved: in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Mark: stamped on base: "GALE & WILLIS/ NEW-YORK/ 925 STERLING"
Seamed silver creamer; curved and fluted ovoid body with a flat applied base and shoulder with a high serrated, raised pouring spout decorated with simple steel-roller die lines, and an applied bright-cut rim; all over steel roller-die cut engraving in geometric and floral patterns with a shield shaped reserve on each side; oval domed lid with an steel roller engraved border and an urn shaped finial; squared silver handles with steel roller-die engraving; "L S L H" engraved in the front shield-shaped reserve in gothic letters.
This creamer was 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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