Rectangular, rounded-bottom coffeepot on a rectangular, stepped pedestal base with applied reeded molding for foot; flared, hinged lid is chased with veined leaves and topped by a cast rectangular urn. Body consists of a wide, die-rolled band with grapevine and oak branch decoration placed between a raised top with narrow die-rolled band of laurel leaves at opening and a raised lower section with bulbous upper half and two overlapping rows of chased points on bottom. Sharp-angled, acanthus-carved, C-curve handle is pinned into cylindrical reeded sockets. Bellied S-curve spout has a creased inside face and an applied oval on its upper lip. Body perforated at spout. Underside of body is struck with four hallmarks; no maker's mark or centerpunch. Opposite ends of base underside are struck with seller's marks. From a four-piece service, DL*383361-DL*383363A-B.
Hallmarks appear to be those for Chester, England, in 1814, although there is no town mark. Sellers are Liberty Browne (1776-1831) and William Seal (active, circa 1810-circa 1822) of Philadelphia, PA; in partnership, circa 1810-1811.
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Object Name
tea service, part of
date made
Physical Description
silver (body; lid material)
wood (handle material)
overall: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 23.495 cm x 31.115 cm x 10.4775 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Chester
place retailed
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place used
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Anna McGowan
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