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The pitcher's raised inverted pyriform body sits on a short-stemed, molded foot. Its slender curving neck is flat-chased on both sides with square-ish foliate cartouche-like decorations. Both the body and foot are encircled with deeply embossed flowers and scrolls. On the body the decoration...

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Inscription

"LCL" entwined monogram in script on the body to the right of the handle; "To / D.O.T." on the left. Both inscriptions are in reserves framed by c-scrolls, flowers and foliage.

Marks

"WM GALE & SON " struck incuse; stamped "W G & S" within an oval incuse; "1855" within a diamond; and "NEW-YORK" incuse; all struck above and below center point.

Provenance

This pitcher is related to a four-piece tea service by the same maker (see 65.1195-1198) presented to the donor's great-grandmother-in-law, Maria Louisa Tweedy, at the time of her marriage on November 22, 1852 to Dexter Oliver Tiffany. The pitcher bears a later maker's date mark (1855) and was apparently purchased at a later date. Both pitcher and tea service descended to the son of the original owner, Dexter O. Tiffany, Jr., then to his half-sister, Maria Louisa Tiffany, the namesake of the original owner. The next owner of the silver was the daughter of the Elizabeth Tweedy (sister of Tiffany's first wife, Maria Louisa Tweedy Tiffany), whom Dexter O. Tiffany, Sr. married after Maria died in 1858. Elizabeth Tiffany's daughter, also named Maria Louisa, gave the silver to her son, James O. Murray, the deceased husband of the donor. The pitcher's "LCL" monogram has not been identified.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James O. Murray

about 1855

Object Place

New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

33.3 x 21.5 x 17 cm (13 1/8 x 8 7/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1199

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware