Overall: 9 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 6 in. ( 23.8 x 22.5 x 15.2 cm )
engraved: on body opposite the spout: "T H L" in script stamped: on base: "TIFFANY & Co../ 138 89 D . MAKERS 1812/ STERLING SILVER/ 925-100/ M/ 2 1/2 PINTS/ 3"
Wrought silver teakettle; oval body with concave flutes, two at each end; sides taper to a molded oval, stepped foot with two flutes at each end; concave shoulder raised to an applied rope band around the rim; oval lid, hinged at the side; flat at edges stepped in the center and raised to an oval, domed platform with an applied urn-shaped finial, cast in two vertical halves, applied to the top; s-curve spout with flutes on each side and a notched lip; three part bail handle with a wooden center between scrolled silver sections with banding around the wood ends; pivots on cast hinges, applied to the body on domed oval joints; two cylindrical pegs on each side of the body for resting on stand; engraved, "T H L" on the end opposite the spout; makers' marks on the base.
This tea kettle may have been a wedding gift for Townsend Lawrence (1870-1951) and Herminia Barnes (d. 1913), who were married on September 24, 1912. Lawrence, a member of the New York Stock Exchange, kept a country estate, Willow Bank, in Flushing.
Gift of Townsend Lawrence
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