Overall: 19 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 13 in. (48.9 x 29.8 x 33 cm)
Inscription: engraved in the urn's reserve: the Beekman family crest, two wings addorsed on an armor helmet, over, "J B" in script
Engraving: Top of urn, just under shoulder, has bright-cut engraved border of scrolling flowers and foliate tendrils with
Cast and wrought Sheffield plated hot water urn and tray; urn-shaped body with two flutes at each side of the body, at the ends; applied, concave shoulder with an applied gadrooned band around the rim; bezel inside; bright-cut band of flowers and circles below the shoulder; circular reserve on the front center of the body, surrounded by a bright-cut garland, engraved with the Beekman family crest, two wings addorsed on an armor helmet, over, "J B" in script; oval domed lid, with a deep bezel, surmounted by a ball finial; two pivoting ring handles with cylinder hinges, applied to either side of the body with cast lion's mask joints; long round spout, applied to the body with an oval joint with a reeded edge; curved spigot from a cylindrical tap with a cast ball finial and a s-scroll handle with a screw-on conical silver finial; seated on a trumpet-shaped pedestal flared to a square bottom; pedestal applied to a square base with concave sides seated on four ball feet with mid-bands; vertically applied, plain base band; wrought and seamed coal cylinder hung on an interior lip from an applied, slightly domed, oval disk with two circular holes cut out on either side; circular lid fitted into the cylinder with a ring handle; no maker's marks. Cast and seamed Sheffield plated tray; flat oval base with a wooden liner; vertically applied sides with geometric pierced work bands around the edges and pierced ovals with four leaf clovers around the center of the sides; engraved crosses made of ovals between the pierced work around the edges and bright-cut bell flower garlands around the center; applied reeded baseband and a cast, applied beaded band around the rim; cut ovoid handles at each end; no maker's marks.
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
John Beekman (1768-1843), who married Mary Elizabeth Goad Bedlow (1771-1845); to their daughter Mary Beekman (1800-1885), who married William Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856); to their daughter Catharine Augusta De Peyster (1835-1911), the donor.
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