Overall: 10 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 in. (27.3 x 31.1 x 15.2 cm)
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
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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Townsend Lawrence
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.
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