Two-handled cup and cover
Two-handled cup and cover
Overall: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. ( 37.5 x 29.8 x 16.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 73 oz (troy) 11 dwt (2288 g)
Wrought silver two-handled cup and cover; pear-shaped body covered in alternating repouss
Gift of Dr. Eugene Hoffman Walker in memory of Mai Elmendorf Hackstaff Walker
Mark: stamped on the base and on the bezel: "FC" in a rectangle, lion passant in a cartouche, leopard's head crowned in a shield, gothic "G" in a cartouche Description: Date/letter "G" was London hallmark for year 1762-63 (see Wyler, p. 131, Tardy, p. 249). "F*C" mark consistent with one of two used by London maker Francis Crump (see Wyler, p. 163, Wees, p. 338). Inscription: engraved @ pedestal: "Isaac & Elizabeth Gouverneur 1762" in script. Description: Isaac Gouverneur was partners with his brother Joseph at the successful mercantile firm Gouverneur & Kemble located at 94 Front Street in themid 1790s. Isaac lived at 98 Front Street. In 1798, Isaac began building a new house at 121 Pearl Street (it was destroyed in the 1835 fire). Isaac did not survive the completion of this house. At that time, Gouverneur & Kemble was sued by a Frenchman named Le Guin over a sum of a hundred thousand dollars. Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton represented Le Guin at the trial, which he won, and Isaac died in Albany shortly after the disappointing verdict (Scoville, vol. 2 pp. 200, 253-254). There is very little available information on Elizabeth Gouverneur. According to Scoville she lived at 121 Pearl Street until 1803. Her maiden name was either Peachman (according to donors) or Puech (from Ancestry.com family tree). Inscription: engraved @ pedestal: "S.M.S 1799-1835" in script Description: The cup descended to Isaac and Elizabeth's daughter, Susan Matilda Gouverneur (born c. 1778), at her marriage to Samuel Murgatroyd on April 18, 1799. Samuel died in 1806 and Susan remairried the prosperous grocer Garrit Storm in 1808. Garrit ran his father's firm Thomas Storm & Son, located at No. 9 Coenties Slip, with his brother Stephen. Garrit retired in 1824. Susan died on October 31, 1835. Inscription: engraved @ pedestal: "G.R.H. 1801-1888" in script Description: Garrit and Susan had two daughters. The eldest, Louisa, married Robert J. Livingston (1811-1891) and the younger, Glorvina Russell (Rosil) married Samuel Verplank Hoffman (1802-1880) on April 15, 1828. G.R.H. is most likely Glorvina, though the life dates of 1801-1888 are not correct (it may be a typo since 1810 makes more sense). Recoreds on familysearch.org and ancestry.com give her birth date as July 21, 1808, which is most likely also incorrect considering her parents were married in September of 1808. Inscription: engraved @ pedestal: "E.A.H 1829-1902" and "S.V.H. 1866-1942" in script Description: The cup next descended to Eugene Augustus Hoffman, son of Samuel and Glorvina Hoffman, and then descended to Eugene's son Samuel Verplank Hoffman. Both Eugene and Samuel were presidents of the NYHS. Inscription: engraved @ pedestal: "M.E.H 1899" in script Description: M.E.H. may stand for Margaret Elmendorf Hoffman (born April 5, 1899 - 1974), daughter of Samuel Verplank Hoffman (1866-1942) and Louis Norwood Smith (1872-?). Engraving: Cup is engraved at center-front with asymmetrical rococo cartouche with arms depicting three birds at interior. Engraving: Body of cup and lid have extensive and deep repousse, chased and engraved alternating vertical spiral borders of coffee beans and foliage; grape leaves, vines, and grape bunches with rococo waves and scale engraving; (at sides) tendrils of apples, grapes, melons, pomegranates, corn, and strawberries with scrolling foliage. Foot of cup has similar repousse, chased, and engraved decoration of vertical alternating spiral panels of coffee beans; grapes, vines, leaves, and scrolls; and apples with scrolling foliage and scrolls. Lid also similarly ornamented with alternating vertical spiral panels of coffee beans; and arrangements of fruits and companion foliage, as well as trailing foliage from point of finial. Inscription: engraved at base band of foot, center front: "1759"
Isaac Gouverneur (1749-1800), a New York City merchant, was presented this English cup at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Peacham in 1777. The cup descended through the Gouverneur family, with each generation recording its ownership by adding to the engraving above the foot until the last member donated it to the Society in 1984. It includes the initials of Eugene Augustus Hoffman (1828-1902), and his son Samuel Verplanck Hoffman (1866-1942), both former Presidents of the N-YHS.
Hofer, Margaret K. "Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century family silver." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 156-160.
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