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Coffeepot, part of seven-piece service

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The piece is footed, urn-shaped, and ovoid in section. The angular hollow handles have square shoulders with ivory insulating rings and ram's head thumbpieces. The spout is tall, slender and vertical. The neck tapers in producing a cove molding with an applied ribbed band at the upper edge...

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Engraved with a gothic-style "L" on one side.


“SHREVE, STANWOOD & CO” incuse, “BOSTON” within a rectangle, and “STERLING” incuse, all struck on base; “75279” scratched on bottom.


Beginning as a machinist in South Boston, Harrison Loring (1822-1907) established the first iron shipbuilding facility in New England. This tea service was presented to Loring and Margaret Gardner (1838 – 1920) of Nantucket on the occasion of their marriage in 1867 by his company; to their son Harrison Loring Jr. (b. 1868) and Clara Melville, m. 1892; to Theodore Plimpton Loring and Thelma Woodson, m. 1928; to their daughter Priscilla L. Waite, the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Priscilla L. Waite

about 1867

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


26.1 x 27 x 13 cm (10 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware