Hot milk pot
Silver and ivory
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. ( 19 x 26.4 x 16.8 cm )
stamped: on the base: "GELSTON & TREADWELL" in a rectangle above "NEW-YORK" in a rectangle engraved: on the base: "J. L. M./ from her aunt/ H. A. L."
Wrought silver hot milk pot; raised circular form with bulbous lower body, chased and repousséd all over in a floral and swag design, set on four applied feet, each cast and chased in the form of a women's heads with a feathered headdresses tapering to the cast feet; upper body flares to a convex shoulder; hinged, stepped dome lid covered in two rows of chased and repousséd floral garlands and an acanthus design; seated Chinese figure finial; seamed, wide, s-curved spout with an acanthus pendent at the notched lip; scrolled, crest-shaped cartouche in the outer center of the spout; scrolled, cast and chased acanthus leaf handle with angled upper and lower cast handle sockets fitted with ivory insulators and a silver handle; scrolled shield-shaped cartouche in the front center is engraved with the Lenox family crest; four quarters, 1 and 4: argent a saltire engrailled between four roses; 2 and 3: three salmon each with a ring through his nose in a diamond; makers' marks on base.
Wedding gift to Jennet Lenox Maitland (1816-1889) from her Aunt Henrietta Anderson Lenox when she married Aaron Betts Belknap (1816-1880) on August 3, 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Betts Belknap were the great-grand parents of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Mr. Lloyd, one of the donors, was a cousin of Mr. Phoenix Belknap Jr. as well.
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. R. McAllister Lloyd for the Waldron Phoenix Belknap Collection
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