Overall: 12 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. ( 30.8 x 26 x 12.4 cm )
Silver Weight with wood: 53 oz (troy) 10 dwt (1664 g)
Wrought silver coffeepot; straight sides, seamed under the handle, tapered from the rounded base to the applied, stepped rim; body seated on a molded foot; hinged, molded, domed lid with a chased, "gadrooned" band around the center, floral chasing around the dome; turned pineapple finial; ebony s-scroll handle with silver handle socket scroll terminals, joined to the body with a scallop joint at the top and a four-leaf clover at the bottom; s-curve spout, cast in vertical halves, with elaborate foliate decoration all over the base and an acanthus pendant at the lip; chased scroll, foliate and cartouche designs all over the body; cartouche left of the handle engraved with the Ross family arms, a cross dividing four lions' heads; cartouche right of the handle bears the Ross family crest, a lion rampant from the waist up; maker's marks on the base.
Bequest of Emily Ellison Post, in memory of her parents Charles Litchfield Ellison and Harriet E. (Morton) Ellison
stamped: on base: assay-master mark "A D" in a conforming ellipse, "A L F" conforming and an alligator head touchmark in a rectangle
Possible descent: Robert Ross (1734/35-1790), who married Deborah White (1744-1812); to their son Robert Ross (1772-1818), who married 1) Elizabeth Litchfield, 2) Anne Sharpe McKnight (1780-1838); to their daughter Mary Adelaide Ross (1804-1845), who married John Ellison (1804-1835); to their son Charles Litchfield Ellison (1835-1891), who married Harriet Ellison Morton (1833-1912); to their daughter Emily Ellison Post (1869-1941), wife of Adrian Terry Post (1871-1948), the donor.
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