Overall: 17 5/8 x 15 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. ( 44.8 x 39.4 x 28.6 cm )
Silver Weight: 137 oz (troy) 18 dwt (4289 g)
Wrought silver covered urn in the Empire style; urn-shaped body with a squat globular lower body covered in repoussé chased acanthus decoration and a molded bead band around the joint; stepped to flaring upper body with repoussé chased laurel garlands on each side; engraved inside the garland on the front, "To/ Henry Eckford/ from his/ Fellow Citizens" in script; engraved in the laurel garland on the reverse: "New York/ 2nd July 1828" in script; applied egg and dart rim; two cast scroll handles with acanthus ornament and reeding applied to the upper body with acanthus and acorn joints and applied to the lower body with crowned Neptune masks; stepped and domed lid with a beaded border around the edge and interior bezel; repoussé chased acanthus decoration around the top of the lid and surmounted by a cast cauliflower finial; urn seated on a domed pedestal foot with a beaded midband and repoussé chased acanthus band around the dome; maker's mark stamped on the footring.
Gift of the Family of Henry Eckford, through Miss Elizabeth I. Richardson
engraved: on the front: "To/ Henry Eckford/ from his/ Fellow Citizens" in script
engraved: on the reverse: "New York/ 2nd July 1828" in script
stamped: on the footring: "B. GARDINER" in a serrated rectangle and three pseudohallmarks: a bust in an oval, a lion passant and "S" in an oval
Henry Eckford (1775-1832), who married Marion Bedell (1776-1840); to their daughter Janet Eckford (1802-1854), who married Dr. James E. de Kay (1792-1851); to their son James de Kay (1834-1925), who married Laura Tompkins (1836-1908); to their daughter Elizabeth Ellen de Kay (1872-1948), who married James Richardson (1861-1921); to their daughter Elizabeth I. Richardson (1904-2000), the donor.
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