Epergne-candelabra, with three arms, each having a threaded end to receive sockets for candleticks or glass dishes.
Engraved on one side of the base, "Silver Wedding/October 4, 1851"; on another side with the hallmarks and possibly a griffin's head; and on the third side, in script, "J L G & C E G" for John L. Gardner and his wife, Catherine Endicott (Peabody) Gardner.
Marked on one side of base: E J B & W in quatrefoil, lion, leopard's head, Gothic Q date letter for 1851, female head.
1851, given by John Lowell Gardner (b. 1804 - d. 1884) to his wife, Catherine Endicott Peabody Gardner (b. 1808 - d. 1883), Boston [see note 1]; by descent to their son, George Augustus Gardner (b. 1829 - d. 1916), Boston; 1915, given by George Augustus Gardner to his grandson, George Peabody Gardner, Jr. (b. 1888 - d. 1976), Brookline, MA; by descent to his son, George Peabody Gardner (b. 1917- d. 2012), and his wife, Tatiana Stepanova Gardner (b. 1924 - d. 2009), Brookline; 2011, bequest of Tatiana Gardner to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011) NOTES:  This was a gift on the couple's twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.
Gift of George P. Gardner and Tatiana S. Gardner