Overall: 7 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 16.5 x 11.4 cm )
Cast silver hot milk pot in the Georgian melon pattern; round, squat lower body with a chased lobes decorated with a foliate scroll design; on four cast legs attached to the body with trefoils dropping into paw feet; convex shoulder below an elongated neck flared to a scalloped extended pouring lip and rim with applied cast gadrooning; hinged, cast lid curved to the form of the rim with a raised mushroom dome in the center and chased, scrolled foliate design; flared s-curve finial; simple, seamed scroll silver handle fitted with ivory insulators; engraved, "A T M" in script on center front, and "November 10th 1897" in script on the base; makers' marks on base.
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
engraved: center front: "A T M" in script
engraved: on base: "November 10th 1897" in script
Mark: stamped along bottom around periphery four times incuse: "HOWARD & CO." / "NEW YORK" /"STERLING" /"1896"
Mark: stamped underside of right front foot also stamped with pattern number incuse "175", and right back foot stamped incuse "1 1/2_" is partially obscured, which presumably relates to vessel quantity.
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