Trays, set of 3
Largest (tray): 18 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (47.9 x 3.5 cm)
Set of three wrought silver trays; flat, chamfered, rectangular bases with raised, convex sides and applied, cast reeded bands around the rims; two cast corkscrew handles with curved grips are applied to each on opposite ends of the trays; sides are outlined with wheel turned decoration; three bands of punched and engraved semi-circles with foliate motifs in their centers are around the edges of the trays; "SA" engraved in script in the centers, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; makers' marks stamped on the bases.
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
Inscriptions: engraved at centers: "SA" in script, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; borders engraved with wheel-turned edging, waves, wheel-turned punches, and three rows of bright-cut engraved scales with floral and foliate in-fills trimmed with engraved foliate drops.
Scratch weights: on the base of c: "Oz dwts/ 67 . 4"
Scratch weights: on the base of b: "Oz dwts/ 80 5"
Retailer marks: stamped on each base: "J & I. COX" in roman letters in a rectangle above "N-YORK" in roman letters in a rectangle
Susan (Susannah) Arden (1766-1824); to her sister Margaret Antoinette Arden (b.1770), who married Frederick Babcock (b.1771); to their daughter Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
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