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"The Modern American" Coffee Service

The set consists of three straight-sided machine-made cylindrical vessels and a machine-made tray. Along the base of each vessel is a conforming decorative band of triglyphs that is balanced below the rim with a stamped horizontal line. Squared ebony handles, rectangular in section, are set into...

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“M.A.W.” in broad, shaded, roman letters engraved on side of each vessel and on tray, on expanse between handles.


“EM.” conjoined monogram above “14054 / STERLING / [lion] [anchor] G / GORHAM,” each in a shaped device, all struck on tray. “EM.” conjoined monogram above “14051 / STERLING / [lion] [anchor] [G] / GORHAM,” each in a shaped device, all struck on coffeepot. “EM.” conjoined monogram, above “A14052/ STERLING / GORHAM / [lion] [anchor] [G],” each in a shaped device, struck on sugar bowl. “EM.” conjoined monogram, above “14053 / STERLING / [lion] [anchor] [G] / GORHAM,” each in a shaped device, struck on creamer.


First owned by Ephraim Daniel Whitty (1910-1991) and Muriel Adelson Whitty (1911-1993), who were married about 1929, and resided at 1120 Park Avenue, New York City. By descent in 1993 to their son, Richard, who consigned the set to Moderne Gallery, Inc., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Purchased by the Museum in 1996.

Credit Line

Estate of Rosamond Sears, by exchange


Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States


20.8 x 21.4 x 9.6 cm (8 3/16 x 8 7/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver; black plastic handles, white ivory and plastic finial




Silver hollowware