The bulb-shaped urn has a separate lid and scrolled foliate handles attached with split stem to the widest part of the body and curving up toward the extended neck. The urn's slender cylindrical stem broadens into a round base that sits on four cast shell and foliage feet. A hinged panel on the...
The bulb-shaped urn has a separate lid and scrolled foliate handles attached with split stem to the widest part of the body and curving up toward the extended neck. The urn's slender cylindrical stem broadens into a round base that sits on four cast shell and foliage feet. A hinged panel on the base provides access to the wick of the alcohol lamp which twists in from below. The urn and base are elaborately decorated with a repouseé-chased design of panels, strapwork and tassels above four large scroll-edged reserves for engraving and placement of the handles. Highly polished areas of the surface contrast with dark, heavily stippled surfaces and lighter areas with a single curving line of stippling. The separate bezel-set domed lid is topped with a floral finial. The lid is fitted above a pierced silver ring to which is sewn a cloth filter to contain the ground coffee. To pour the beverage, the server lowers a scroll-shaped lever that loops above a spigot decorated with floral chasing. At the back of the urn, opposite the front, is an elaborate harbor scene engraved within one of the four reserves.
On the body of the urn in a frontal reserve above the spigot: "To / Col. Richard Borden / As a Testimony of Esteem / From His Friends / George W. Quintard, Samuel Sneden / Bootman & Smith Joseph K. Comstock / E. V. Haughwout / Jackson & McDermott / August 1855" A later inscription is engraved in script on a rectangular plaque attached over the base in the front of the urn "Coffee-urn / belonging to a service of six pieces / made from exclusive designs / and presented to / Richard Borden Fall River / Presernted by his daughter / Caroline Borden"
Stamped on the bottom of the body of the urn below the center point with a three-part manufacturing logo "(lion")? / "C & D" / "(arm and hammer)." The left element is illegible in this mark. Charters, Cann & Dunn's mark had had a lion in the left position with initials ("C C & D") and an arm and hammering following in the center and right positions.
The urn descended from Richard Borden (1795 – 1874) to his oldest child and only daughter, Caroline Borden (1829 – 1922), the donor.
Gift of Miss Caroline Borden