Object Number: 
ca. 1787
Overall: 7 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. ( 18.7 x 6.4 x 12.4 cm ) Silver Weight: 6 oz (troy) 13 dwt (207 g)
engraved: in shield reserve: "J M A H" Mark: stamped on side of the base: illegible strick in a rectangle, "I . V" in a rectangle with rounded edges, "P" in roman letters" Mark: stamped below upper handle joint: "I . V" in a rectangle with rounded edge
Wrought silver creamer; raised helmet-shaped body with a high pouring lip, low sides and the back rising to a point where it meets the handle; applied, beaded band around the rim; body joined to a high, oval splayed foot on a square base; high-loop strap handle tapers to a point at the bottom and broadens to angled shoulders near upper body joint; bright-cut shield reserve with foliate swags on the front of the body, engraved "J M A H"; maker's marks stamped on the side of the base and below the upper handle joint.
Gallery Label: 
This understated tea set, with its spare teapot, sugar urn, and helmet-shaped milk pot, is typical of many American Neoclassical tea sets of the 1790s to 1810s, the body of the teapot and its domed cover were constructed from rolled silver. Although its companion pieces have raised bodies, they are supported by pedestal feet and plinth-like stands assembled from sheet silver. The cipher "J M A H" identifies the original owners of the tea set, John A. Hardenbrook (1761-1832) and Mary Aymar (1763-1838), who married in 1787. The inclusion of each of the couple's initials suggests that the tea set may have been a gift to commemorate their marriage. Hardenbrook was a prominent New York broker and one of the twenty-four signatories of the 1792 Buttonwood Agreement, which led to the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Louise Hardenbrook
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group