Coffee urn

Object Number: 
1937.187a-d
Date: 
1775-1800
Medium: 
Sheffield plate, ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 13 1/8 in. ( 48.9 x 28.9 x 33.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in the reserve: Grim family crest, a unicorn's head, over, "G" in script engraved: on the reverse of the baseband: "D. G. P.G. M. I. G. S. C. A. S. E. C. S." in block letters
Description: 
Cast and wrought Sheffield plated coffee urn; circular, urn-shaped body; applied, concave shoulder with an applied gadrooned band around the rim; bezel inside; bright-cut band of flowers and scrolls below the shoulder; circular reserve on the front center of the body, surrounded by a bright-cut garland, engraved with the Grim family crest, a unicorn's head, over, "G" in script; oval domed lid, with a deep bezel, surmounted by a ball finial; two pivoting ring handles with cylinder hinges, applied to either side of the body with cast lion's mask joints; long round spout, applied to the body with an oval joint with a reeded edge; curved spigot from a cylindrical tap with a cast ball finial and a s-scroll handle with a screw-on ovoid ivory finial; seated on a trumpet-shaped pedestal flared to a square bottom; pedestal applied to a square base with concave sides seated on four ball feet with mid-bands; vertically applied, plain base band, engraved on the reverse, "D. G. P.G. M. I. G. S. C. A. S. E. C. S." in block letters; wrought and seamed coal cylinder hung on an interior lip from an applied, slightly domed, circular disk with two circular holes cut out on either side; circular lid fitted into the cylinder with a ring handle; no maker's marks.
Gallery Label: 
This coffee urn descended through David Grim (1737-1826), Philip Grim (d. before 1826), Miss Isabel Grim Schermerhorn and Charles A. Shermerhorn to the donor, whose initials are engraved on the baseband.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Constance Schermerhorn Skillin
Provenance: 
David Grim (1737-1826), who married Maria Hocking; to their son, Philip Grim (1766-1821); to his daughter Maria Isabel Grim (1809-1890), who married George Stevens Schermerhorn; to their son, Charles Augustus Schermerhorn (1839-1914); to his daughter, E. Constance Schermerhorn (b. 1886), who married J. Harper Skillin.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group