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Overall: 7 3/4 x 4 x 5 3/4 in. ( 19.7 x 10.2 x 14.6 cm ) Silver Weight: 13 oz (troy) 2 dwt (408 g)
Wrought silver creamer; round bulbous body with an applied, vertical band stamped with floral decoration around the base; on a splayed foot, set on a square base above four hairy claw and ball feet; sides of body flared to an applied, roller-die basket-weave band; applied, convex shoulder above band; short, wide pouring spout with applied vertical lip with a die-rolled horizontal garland band; scrolled, chased serpent's head handle; no maker's mark.
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This creamer was part of a tea and coffee service paired with a pitcher assembled by the original owners, James (1751-1836) and Dolley Madison (1768-1849), and may have been one of two silver services regularly used at the family's Virginia estate, Montpelier, where the couple periodically lived after Madison's presidency. It is widely believed that Dolley Madison pawned the pitcher and service in 1848 to help relieve the debt of her son from her first marriage, John Payne Todd (1792-1852). The service was then acquired by James C. McGuire, Sr. (d. 1888), the executor of Todd's estate, and later donated to the N-YHS by his granddaughter.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Mary Madison McGuire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group