Lot 424
Gorham "Mary Todd Lincoln" Coin Silver Kettle & Stand
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Circa 1859-1860, with pattern number "30," period monogram "MEM" for Margaret Ellen Morton.

18 7/8 in.

90.41 total troy oz.

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

This magnificent example of 19th century Gorham silver is from a silver service 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. The kettle is finely chased with floral sprays and acanthus flourishes amidst strapwork framing. In addition to applied beading, the kettle features ring handles supported by finely cast satyr heads with open mouths and extended tongues. Examples of this service are rare to come to market, particularly those with known provenance.

Lacking burner; some wear to chased detailing due to over 150 years of polishing; scattered minor surface scratches.

$1,000 - 3,000