Overall: 7 3/4 x 13 x 5 in. (19.7 x 33 x 12.7 cm)
engraved: in reserves on one side: "M B" in bright-cut script
Engraving: in reserves on opposite side: Beekman family crest: shield with wavy bend between two roses, bird's head in upper right, surmounted with two wings addorsed
stamped: on bases: "W. G
Silver tea service consisting of a teapot, sugar bowl with lid, creamer and waste bowl; seamed bodies, oval in plan, with convex sides, die-rolled decorative bands inset between main bodies and concave upper bodies with plain rims; engraved foliate bands, below the die-rolled bands; applied, oval footrings with die-rolled decorative bands; raised lids, oval in plan, flat at rims with decorative die-rolled bands, rising in centers to applied domed platforms surmounted by cast urn finials; wooden loop handle on the teapot, silver squared strap handles on the creamer and sugar bowl; garlanded reserves on both sides of each with the Beekman family crest, a shield with a wavy bend between two roses, and a bird's head in upper right, surmounted with two wings addorsed, in one and the bright-cut initials, "M B" in the other; maker's mark stamped on the bases.
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
Mary Elizabeth Good Bedlow (1771-1845), who married John Beekman (1768-1843); to their daughter Mary Beekman (1800-1885), who married William Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856); to their daughter Catherine Augusta De Peyster (1835-1911), the donor.
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