Kettle on stand with burner
Overall: 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. ( 29.8 x 24.8 x 18.1 cm )
Part (burner): 1 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. (4.8 x 8.3 cm)
Cast silver kettle on stand with burner in the Georgian melon pattern; kettle (j.1) has round, squat body with a chased lobes decorated with a foliate scroll design; on applied, vertical band foot ring with horizontal bands and geometric punch-work; double hinge applied to the footring below the spout, and a single hinge applied on the opposite side; convex shoulders flared to scalloped rims with applied cast gadrooning; hinged, cast lid with a raised mushroom dome and chased, scrolled foliate design; lobed knob finial; simple, hinged silver bail handle seamed on the underside, c-scrolled handle legs with trapezoidal feet attached to cylindrical hinges with a silver bolt, ivory insulators; cast, curved spout with notched lip; applied, acanthus leaf pendent at lip; engraved, "A T M" in script on center front, and "November 10th 1897" in script on the base; makers' marks on base. Four legged kettle-stand (j.2); round punch-work footring from the kettle slides inside the stand with the hinges seated inside a triple hinge on the spout-side and a double hinge on the opposite side; scrolled bars applied to the bases of the stand-hinges form the seating for the kettle; cast trefoils are applied to the sides of the hinges, which are affixed to the four cast trefoil legs with paw feet; attached to legs on silver chains are two hinge-keys with flange heads and cylindrical bodies to slide through the hinges; lower section of each leg connects to the burner reservoir by c-scroll strapwork. Cast round burner (k.1) with band of chased foliate scroll design around the body; stepped cylindrical neck; tube through the center; round domed cover (k.2) with a pear-shaped finial.
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
engraved: center front kettle: "A T M" in script
engraved: on base of kettle: "November 10th 1897" in script
Mark: stamped along bottom around periphery four times incuse: "HOWARD & CO."/ "NEW YORK"/"STERLING"/"1896"
Mark: stamped on burner bottom incuse STERLING
Mark: stamps on stand undersides of all knees: "21", which persumably are pattern numbers. Underside of center medallions also stamped with obscured "3" or "8" incuse.
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