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Tea tray

Object Number: 
1974.28
Date: 
1895/96
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 30 x 20 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 76.2 x 51.4 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: engraved in center of the tray: "A T M" in script, surrounded by wide border of eight scrolled-and-beaded cartouches with interior floral medallions; edge of rim has engraved border of waves with lily or bellflower pendants. Inscription: eng
Description: 
Silver tea tray; oval in plan with scalloped edges; applied, concave rim with a repousséd floral and bead band and a repousséd bead band where the rim meets the tray; cast octafoil leaf and bead design applied along the edge of the rim; cast bracket handles with a foliate scroll and shell design applied to the sides and base of the tray; ring of engraved floral medallions linked by a foliate scroll garland on the surface of the tray; engraved, "A T M" in the surface center in script; maker's and assayer's marks on base.
Gallery Label: 
This tea tray was a wedding gift to the donor's parents, Alice Townsend Martin, whose initials are engraved on the service, and Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin, on November 10, 1897.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Townsend M. McAlpin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group