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Coffee urn

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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...

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Inscription

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"

Marks

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.

Provenance

The urn descended from Richard Borden (1795 – 1874) to his oldest child and only daughter, Caroline Borden (1829 – 1922), the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Caroline Borden

about 1855

Object Place

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 47 x 28.5 x 28.5 cm, 2.58 kg (18 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in., 5.69 lb.)

Accession Number

14.516a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware