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Overall: 6 1/4 x 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. ( 15.9 x 16.8 x 12.4 cm )
engraved: in reserve: "T M & M S B" in script Mark: stamped on base: "W. GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/ G/ &/ S" over "925 STERLING"
Wrought (possibly spun) creamer; circular wide-bellied form with a narrow applied neck and narrow base; flat bottomed; cast c-scrolls, s-scrolls, and fleur-de-lis applied to the shoulder and pouring lip rims; four applied feet cast as trefoils with cast c-scrolls forming the rest of the rim around the base; high, narrow, extended pouring rim; hollow, cast silver c-scroll handle partly covered by acanthus leaves; chased, repousséd and engraved decoration covers the body and lid with floral garlands beneath waved and scrolled swags; initials, "T M & M S B" engraved in the front reserve in script; maker's mark on the base.
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This creamer was made for Thomas Marston Beare (1806-1869) and his wife Mary Saltonstall Beare (1807-1869), whose initials it bears. The same rim decoration can be found on an ewer in the collection of Winterthur (61.964).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Andrew Oliver
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group