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Kettle on stand

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The reeded kylix-shaped lower body is spun and joined to the concave shoulder and slender neck by an egg-and-dart decorated stamped band. A flat-chased Greek-key design with additional floral motifs above rings the shoulder. The domed and reeded hinged lid has a cold-chased acorn finials. The...

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Inscription

“EGB” entwined letters within a medallion engraved on concave shoulder of side of kettle, to right of handle. “from / W. B. and K. D’C. B. / June 28, 1915” in alternating script and Gothic letters engraved underneath base.

Marks

Lion passant within an octagon, anchor within a shaped reserve, Gothic “G” within an octagon, and “STERLING / M T G.” struck incuse on base of Gorham kettle on stand; the stand is marked underneath in the same manner with manufacturer’s and quality marks and “H T G.” The burner is similarly marked on base and carries additional “[P-shape] / PAT. APPLIED FOR / [dagger] 1915 date symbol],” all incuse. Ada Mark X

Provenance

The Gorham company costing slip for the kettle and stand shows that it was a special order to match the Jones, Shreve, Brown & Co. tea set. The set was made for Tilden Thurber Company of Providence, Rhode Island, who sold it to the Binney family. Elizabeth Goddard Binney (b1893) married Barnes Newberry of Rhode Island about 1915, which is when the kettle was added to the service. The service descended to their son William Binney Newberry (b. 1928), who placed the service at auction. In 1998 it was purchased by dealer Spencer Marks and therafter purchased by the Museum. Thomas Newberry was Secretary of the Navy under President Roosevelt. William Binney was the founder of the R.I. Hospital Trust Bank, which is now Bank of Boston.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Seminarians, other friends, and the Curator's Fund in memory of Harry H. Schnabel, Jr.

about 1915

Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

28 x 29 x 22.5 cm (11 x 11 7/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1998.189.1-3

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware