each overall: 17 1/8 x 9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. ( 43.5 x 24.4 x 17.1 cm )
Silver Weight: 51 oz (troy) 4 dwt (1593 g)
"B. GARDINER" and "NEW YORK" in arched serrated surrounds struck on underside.
Wrought and cast silver presentation ewer; urn-shaped bodies with repoussé chased foliate and shell decoration around the lower third of the bodies; the front of each body is decorated with a repoussé chased shell boat pulled by two dolphin-serpents, with navigational equipment inside and a flag with thirteen stars flown from a triton off the back; bodies engraved, "THE/ Citizens of Brooklyn/ to/ Com. Isaac Chauncey,/ U. S. N." in script; each body seated on a circular, stepped and domed pedestal with chased foliate knop and a chased intertwined and foliate band around the foot; incurved necks applied to the body with a die rolled egg and dart band; necks repoussé chased with crossed cannon and flags surmounted by an American bald eagle and draped with a banner engraved, "1833;" neck flares to a high, broad poring lip and low rim with an applied beaded band; cast, loop handles with acanthus grips and acanthus decoration applied to the back of the rims and high on the bodies; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
Gift of Clarence Mary Chauncey
Isaac Chauncey (1772-1840), who married Catherine Sickles (1779-1855); to Peter Schermerhorn Chauncey (1810-1866), who married Mary Renshaw (b. ca. 1820); to their son Henry Stone Chauncey (1853-1894), who married Clara Macy (1862-1884); to their son Clarence Macy Chauncey (1884-1965), the donor.
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