Coffee and tea service

Object Number: 
1974.27a-l
Date: 
1896-1897
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 11 x 6 in. (14 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: engraved at center front of all hollowware: "A T M" in script with date "NOVEMBER 10TH 1897" along center of bottom.
Description: 
Cast silver coffee and tea service in the Georgian melon pattern, consisting of a coffeepot, teapot, hot water pot, kettle on stand with burner, sugar bowl with lid, creamer, tea caddy, waste bowl, and sugar tongs; round, squat bodies (except for tea caddy which is elongated) with a chased lobes decorated with a foliate scroll design on four cast legs; legs attached to the bodies with trefoils dropping into paw feet; convex shoulders flared to scalloped rims with applied cast gadrooning; lids, where applicable, cast round mushroom domes with a chased scrolled foliate design with lobed knob finials; "A T M" in script on center fronts, and "November 10th 1897" in script on the bases; makers' marks on bases.
Gallery Label: 
Gift to Alice Townsend Martin, whose initials are engraved on the service, and Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin on the occasion of their marriage on November 10, 1897.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group