Overall: 9 1/2 x 8 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. ( 24.1 x 21.3 x 14.3 cm )
Spun silver coffeepot; plain hemispherical lower body made in halves and joined around the middle with a die-rolled decorative band; band of hearts and foliate scrolls on a textured ground between two plain bands; applied, plain vertical footring; applied, narrow flared cylindrical neck with an applied, vertical beaded rim; hinged, low domed lid with a ball on disk finial; cast in halves and seamed loop handle with a pointed leaf thumbpiece with leaf and berry motif below; stylized acanthus upper handle socket and shield-shaped lower socket fitted with ivory insulators; high, cast and seamed, curved spout with three chased lines up each side; "1871" engraved in overlapping gothic numerals on the front centers, "M A B" engraved in gothic script on the rear centers; maker's marks on the bases.
Gift of Mr. Dudley Davis in memory of his mother, Marie Antoinette Baker Davis
engraved: at front center: "1871" in overlapping gothing numerals engraved: at back center: "M A B" in overlapping gothic letters Mark: stamped on base: lion passant in a chamfer rectangle, anchor in a conforming rectangle and a gothic script "G" in a chamfered rectangle; "790"; "STERLING"/ foxes head Mark: incised at bottom "25/16" / triangle / "T"
According to the accession record, this coffee and tea service was made for the wedding of Marie Antoinette Baker and Fellows Davis on October 17, 1871. This is probably true of the coffeepot and sugar bowl as the date mark on the base indicates they were made in 1871. The teapot and creamer, on the other hand, have a fox head date mark, indicating they were made in 1885. It is possible that they were replacements for damage or lost originals, or the couple completed the service at a later date.
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