Lot 425
Gorham "Mary Todd Lincoln" Coin Silver Tea Service
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Six pieces, circa 1859-1860, including: (2) teapots (9 3/4 in.), creamer, sugar bowl with cover, waste bowl, and butter dish with domed cover. All but the butter dish are marked with pattern number "30," the butter dish is "50," all with retailer mark of Geo. W. Webb of Baltimore, Maryland, each also with period monogram "MEM" for Margaret Ellen Morton.

129.5 total troy oz.

By descent through the family of Margaret Ellen Morton (1839-1875), Hallowing Point, Frederick, Maryland

This silver service is near identical to the set purchased by Mary Todd Lincoln in 1861 for use at the White House and now in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The design, incorporating elements of Renaissance Revival and Rococo Revival styling, was at the height of fashion in mid-19th century America. Each piece is finely chased with floral sprays and acanthus flourishes amidst strapwork framing. Applied beading further enhances the shoulders and rims of each hollowware item. Examples of this service are rare to come to market, particularly those with known provenance.

Each with some wear to chased detailing due to over 150 years of polishing; scattered minor surface scratches; cover of sugar bowl slightly ill-fitting; one handle of teapot slightly loose; all original insulators with light staining; large and small dents to creamer; sugar bowl with minor dent and slightly out-of-round; minor denting to base of butter dish and cover slightly ill-fitting.

$4,000 - 8,000