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 repouss
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), a noted New York naval architect and ship builder, constructed sloops of war, frigates and clipper ships at his shipyard on the Brooklyn side of the East river. In 1826, an insurance company Eckford invested in failed, and he gave half a million dollars of his own money to save it. He was awarded this presentation urn by fellow citizens, grateful for his selfless generosity.
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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