Coffee and tea service

Object Number: 
1942.540a-g
Date: 
ca. 1825
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 in. (27.3 x 31.1 x 15.2 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: each piece engraved at center-fronts: "B" in bright-cut script Description: Initial relates to original owner Walter Bowne, who was mayor of New York City from 1829-33 Mark: all pieces have identical set of three hallmarks stamped in relief
Description: 
Wrought silver coffee and tea service consisting of a coffeepot, two teapots, a sugar bowl with lid, waste bowl and creamer; oval boat-shaped bodies; on oval stepped bases joined two the bodies by oval pedestals; applied, vertical die-rolled foliate band footrings; applied, die-rolled foliate bands around the pedestals; applied, die rolled foliated bands below the stepped convex shoulders; applied, vertical die-rolled foliate band rims; oval domed lids with gadrooning around the tops of the domes; urn-shaped finials; cast and seamed scrolled handles; engraved, "H" in bright-cut script on the center front of each body; maker's marks on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
This generous service, with a statuesque coffeepot, two ample teapots perhaps used interchangeably for hot water or tea, and large covered sugar bowl, waste bowl, and creamer, belonged to Walter Bowne (1770-1846), a wealthy New York hardware merchant who served as the city's mayor from 1828 to 1833. Silversmith John Targee, who marked the service, was an influential city and state politician who had a long history of association with Bowne. In addition to Bowne's patronage of the silversmith in 1806, the two served together as volunteer firemen, and were on the city's Common Council and active members of the Tammany Society.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Townsend Lawrence
Provenance: 
Walter Bowne (1770-1846), who married Eliza Southgate (1783-1809); probably to their daughter Mary King (1808-1874), who married John Watson Lawrence (1800-1880); to their son Walter Bowne Lawrence (1839-1912), who married Annie Townsend (1841-1902); to their son Townsend Lawrence (1871-1952), who married (2nd) Caroline L. Bogert Browne (1882-1942), the donors.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group