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Creamer

Object Number: 
1982.17b
Date: 
ca. 1796
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. ( 18.1 x 14.6 x 7.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: center front: the Clinton family crest, five standing ostrich feathers, over the initials, "A A" in script stamped: on side of the base: "I. SAYRE" in a rectangle
Description: 
Wrought silver creamer; helmet-shaped with two broad shallow concave flutes at each end, joined to an ovoid splayed foot with two broad flutes at each end; extended pouring lip; loop handle, tapered toward the bottom, applied to the body; engraved on the front center with the Clinton family crest, five standing ostrich feathers, over the initials, "A A" in script; maker's mark on the side of the base.
Gallery Label: 
John Sayre worked from circa 1796 to 1818 as a gold- and silversmith in New York City. His workshop was located at 281 Pearl Street until 1801 and at the same address as his brother Joel Sayre from 1802-18. He moved to Cohoes, New York in 1824 to become the director of cotton factory. This creamer bearing the armorial crest of Governor Dewitt Clinton and his family descended through the family of his first wife, Maria Franklin.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Pintard Fellows
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group