Large, clipped-corner square, pear-shaped caster engraved "T / B*E" in shaded roman letters above the astragal bead at midbody. Conforming, double-stepped pedestal base and high-domed, perforated, friction-fit cover. Cover is topped by a bell-and-compressed-ball finial and pierced with stylized fleur-de-lis and rosettes composed of French curves, arrow shapes and small circles. Side opposite engraved initials is struck with four effaced hallmarks, "LAC" in raised serif letters in a rectangle, a lion passant facing left in a scalloped-top and-bottom shield, a crowned leopard's head in scalloped-top, rounded shield, and the raised roman date letter "u" in clipped-corner pointed shield. Underside of rounded bottom is overstruck "CRICHTON BROS / LONDON NEW YORK / & CHICAGO / R\D 631976" and lightly incised "164 (154) MT/w / A23".
Maker is Crichton Bros., dealers in antique silver and retail silversmiths. The firm was established in London by Lionel Alfred Crichton (1866-1938) and Philip Alexander Solomon Phillips (1867-1934) in 1889, opened branches in New York in 1909 and Chicago in 1913, and closed circa 1940s or 1950s.
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Object Name
date made
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 7 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 19.685 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche Elliot King
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