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The raised urn-shaped vessel has an elongated strap handle that rises above the spout and a round, splayed foot that, in turn, is soldered to a square plinth. Fine beading has been soldered to an applied rim and at base of a splayed foot ring. Bright-cut engraving of stylized foliage runs below...

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Within a shield-shaped device, the entwined, sprigged initials "JGAR" are engraved below the spout, on the body of the creamer.


"I [pellet] SAYRE" within a rectangle is stamped on the side of the creamer's squared foot, below the spout. Ada Mark * F4745


If one accepts the letters “GA” in the initials “JGAR” as those of one individual rather than two, then the family history of descent in the Read (or Reed) family may be correct. The first owners were probably John and Glorianna Reed (or Read), m. about 1790; by descent to the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Virginia N. Holly and Ruth N. McKittrick

about 1800

Object Place

New York, New York, United States


20.7 x 13.5 x 7.5 cm (8 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware