Overall: 1 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 14 5/8 in. ( 3.5 x 61.9 x 37.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 78 oz (troy) 6 dwt (2436 g)
engraved: center: "SA" in script, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers engraved: on the base: "Oz dwts/ 80 5" stamped: on the base: "J & I. COX" in roman letters in a rectangle above "N-YORK" in roman letters in a rectangle
Wrought silver tray; flat, chamfered, rectangular base with raised, convex sides and an applied, cast reeded band around the rim; two cast corkscrew handles with curved grips applied to opposite sides; sides outlined with wheel turned decoration; three bands of punched and engraved semi-circles with foliate motifs in their centers around the edges of the tray; "SA" engraved in script in the center, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; makers' marks stamped on the base.
This tray is part of a set of three that belonged to Susan Arden (1766-1849), the daughter of New York merchant Thomas Arden (1721-1798. The set is boldly engraved with Arden's initials and family crest. With their oversized monogram, the trays conveyed a strong statement of power and wealth, particularly for a woman of the period (and, not inconsequentially, one who was unmarried). This sumptuous set of three trays, in graduated sizes, required more than 283 ounces of silver.
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
Susan Arden (1766-1849); probably bequeathed to her niece, Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b. 1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute (b. 1845); to their son, John Babcock Morris, Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
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