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Object Name Urn, Tea
Date 1859-1873
Description Electroplated silver urn with four legs and two handles. Domed lid has a bird-shaped finial. Spigot has an ivory handle. A spirit lamp and holder are attached to the feet. Urn has maker's mark "WEBSTER MFG. CO." Overall height is 15.5 inches. It is part of a tea service with accompanying teapot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher, waste bowl, and spooner.
(Keyword: Victorian)
Acquisition Bequest of William T. Davis
Ownership and History The process of electroplating silver onto the surface of less expensive metals was developed in the 1840s. This new technique made silver serving pieces like this tea service affordable to more Americans than ever.

The Webster Manufacturing Company was located in Brooklyn, New York. The mark on this urn was used by the company from 1859 to 1873.

This tea service came from the estate of William T. Davis (1862-1945), a lifelong Staten Island resident.
Earliest Date 1859
Latest Date 1873
Maker Webster Mfg. Co.
Material Silverplate
Subjects Food
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Davis, William T.
Catalog Number F10.0040
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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