Handleless seamed cylindrical cup with straight tapered sides, applied beaded rim and triple-reeded, molded foot ring; flat bottom set in. Engraved on exterior with monogram "JA" in foliate script. Bottom underside struck once below centerpoint "GELSTON" in raised serif letters inside a rectangle and with two pseudo-hallmarks, the profile head of a man facing right and a spreadwing eagle, its body facing left and head facing right, both in ovals.
Maker is Hugh Gelston (1794-1873); worked in Boston, MA, and Baltimore, MD, in partnerships and alone, 1816-circa 1833.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1816 - ca 1833
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
beaker: 8.1 cm x 7.8 cm; 3 3/16 in x 3 1/16 in
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 8.255 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Arthur Michael
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