Coffee and tea service (5 pc.)

Object Number: 
1935.50a-h
Date: 
1859
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
see individual records
Marks: 
Inscription: engraved in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Description: related to owner, Lydia S. Lawrence Horn, daughter of John L. Lawrence and wife of William Thurston Horn. Mark: stamped on all pieces except stands at base underside: "4" Mark: each
Description: 
Seamed silver Classical Revival coffee and tea service consisting of a coffee pot, tea pot, stands for each, sugar bowl, creamer and waste bowl; curved and fluted bodies decorated all over with floral steel roller-die decoration and the initials "L S L H" in script in a shield shaped reserve; makers marks on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This service was owned by Lydia Smith Lawrence Horn (1835-1894), who came from a distinguished Long Island family. Inspired by the symmetry, straight lines, and bright-cut decoration of American Federal silver, this service is an example the Neoclassical revival. This six-piece tea and coffee service recalls English and American tea services of the 1790s to 1810s that were constructed from seamed silver sheet, then a new material. This service is manufactured primarily from thick-grade silver sheet. The decoration was achieved through a combination of machine and hand processes. The symmetrical designs were probably first stamped or impressed, while the intricate details were hand-engraved.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Sarah Lawrence Horn and Mary Thurston Horn
Provenance: 
Lydia Smith Lawrence Horn (1835-1894), who married William Thurston Horn (1821-1887); to their daughters Sarah Lawrence Horn (1863-1941) and Mary Thurston Horn (b. 1869), the donors.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group