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Toddy kettle

Object Number: 
1941.265
Date: 
1862
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 in. ( 21 x 18.4 x 16.2 cm ) Silver Weight with ivory: 33 oz (troy) 4 dwt (1032 g)
Marks: 
engraved: upper body: "N. Y. YACHT CLUB, ANNUAL REGATTA./ 1862./ YACHT MALLORY, SLOOP 2D..CLASS." stamped: base of kettle: "TIFFANY & CO" in a banner above"1163" over "ENGLISH STERLING/ 925-1000" in a conforming rectangle between to "M" in ovals in gothi
Description: 
Seamed silver yachting trophy in the form of a teakettle-on-stand in the Classical Revival style; short and wide ovoid body with a wide applied band in the medallion pattern around the center; on a molded pedestal base with a die-rolled band of hearts and beading and a reeded footring; hinged, molded and raised lid with an applied, die-rolled heart and beaded band around the lip flaring to a stepped platform; center of platform raised to a small, round, low dome with a heart and beaded band; surmounted by a ball finial with a beaded ring around the center, seated on a beaded pedestal; silver bail handle, square in section, with ivory insulators, hinged on the top of the body; handle sockets have oval medallions with bearded male profiles; short, cast spout with a triangular body joint over the top of the body and an oval joint over the center band; oval medallion with the profile of a man set in the center of the oval joint; footring of the kettle hinged in the front to a ring stand, with a removable pin chained to one leg; four cast legs with applied, cast female heads with pitchforks run through, over incurved hairy, cleft hoof feet; burner ring attached below the stand to the feet; engraved on the upper body, "N. Y. YACHT CLUB, ANNUAL REGATTA./ 1862./ YACHT MALLORY, SLOOP 2D..CLASS."; makers' marks on the base of the kettle.
Gallery Label: 
This toddy kettle was presented to James T. Bache (1800-1862) at the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) 1862 Regatta after his yacht Mallory won the division for second-class sloops. With its built-in burner, the kettle was convenient for yachtsmen. Its function is confirmed not only by newspaper descriptions of regatta prizes, but also by Tiffany & Co.'s records. The pattern number 1163 stamped on the underside of the kettle corresponds with a "toddy kettle" in the Regular Pattern Book and is listed along with a group of objects designated as "Yacht prizes 1861 June Regatta." The kettle has classical design elements augmented with nautical highlights, including inverted tridents on the stand and a "helm" finial.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. W. H. Crossman
Provenance: 
James Theophylact Bache (1800-1862), who married Rosabella Trueman (1811-1875); to their daughter Charlotte Barclay Bache (1833-1884), who married William Henry Crossman (1831-1894); to their son William Henry Crossman (1864-1907), who married Effie Underhill (b. 1870); to their son William H. Crossman (1896-1952), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group