Overall: 6 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. ( 15.9 x 28.6 x 14.3 cm )
engraved: at front center: "1871" in overlapping gothing numerals engraved: at back center: "M A B" in overlapping gothic letters Mark: stamped on base: fleur-di-lis over "STERLING" over a lion passant in a chamfered rectangle, an anchor in a rectangle
Spun silver teapot; plain hemispherical body made in halves and joined around the middle with a die-rolled decorative band; band of hearts and foliate scrolls on a textured ground between two plain bands; applied, plain vertical footring; applied, vertical beaded rim; hinged, low domed lid with a ball on disk finial; cast in halves and seamed loop handle with a pointed leaf thumbpiece with leaf and berry motif below; stylized acanthus upper handle socket and tear drop shaped lower socket fitted with ivory insulators; high, cast and seamed, curved spout with three chased lines up each side; "1871" engraved in overlapping gothic numerals on the front centers, "M A B" engraved in gothic script on the rear centers; maker's marks on the bases.
According to the accession record, this coffee and tea service was made for the wedding of Marie Antoinette Baker and Fellows Davis on October 17, 1871. This is probably true of the coffeepot and sugar bowl as the date mark on the base indicates they were made in 1871. The teapot and creamer, on the other hand, have a fox head date mark, indicating they were made in 1885. It is possible that they were replacements for damage or lost originals, or the couple completed the service at a later date.
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother, Marie Antoinette Baker Davis
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