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Sugar bowl with lid (part of a four-piece tea service)

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This is a raised, round vessel with lobed sections emanating from bottom soldered to a low, round foot having a vertical edge of die-stamped ornament decorated with oak and grape leaf clusters. The vessel flares above lobes to a convex, die-stamped band with the same ornament below a gadrooned...

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"C. A. BURNETT" within a rectanatgle is marked on bottom below an eagle's head in a circle.


Originally owned by Anna Payne Cutts (1779 – 1832), daughter of John and Mary (Coles) Payne and sister of First Lady Dolley Madison, and Richard Cutts, son of Col. Thomas and Elizabeth (Scammon), m. 1804. The set descended to their son Richard Dominicus Cutts (1817 – 1883), m. Martha Jefferson Hackley in 1845. In turn, the set was made a gift to their son Harry Madison Cutts, M.D. (1858 – 1918), of Brookline, Massachusetts, m. Marion Belcher in 1891. Their son George Cutts (1895 – 1976) inherited the service. His wife, Priscilla (Whipple) Cutts (1903 – 1994), of Wellesley, Massachusetts, gave the service to her sons, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Whipple Cutts and Henry Madison Cutts

about 1825

Object Place

Georgetown, District of Columbia, United States


18.5 x 20.1 x 14.5 cm (7 5/16 x 7 15/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

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Silver hollowware