Overall: 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 21.6 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm )
Silver Weight: 8 oz (troy) 5 dwt (257 g)
engraved: along shaft above bit: "To John S. Giles, Esq., Treasurer / from the WIDOWS of the NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT / 1863"
engraved: on front of bit: "Presented / April 15th 1863"
stamped: along side of bit: "WM GALE & SON / 925 STERLING"
Skeleton key with cast stem and applied rectangular geometric bit; stem accented with cast auricular foliate drops at end; oval loop handle with auricular foliate accents at top.
Gift of Mrs. Stephen Weart Giles, in the name of Stephen Weart Giles
John Spencer Giles (1799-1881), who married (1st) Mary Anne Thorne (1803-1846); probably to their son John Christie Giles (1825-1893), who married Isabella Lee Weart (1827-1890); to their son Stephen Weart Giles (1849-1914), who married Virginia Walker (b. 1853), the donor.
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