Overall: 8 15/16 x 7 1/8 x 5 5/16 in. (22.7 x 18.1 x 13.5 cm); 25 oz. (776.9 g)
Foot: Diam. 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Body: H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); 21 oz. 8 dwt. (664.9 g)
Cover: 2 1/8 x 3 9/16 in. (5.4 x 9 cm); 3 oz. 12 dwt. (112 g)
Gift of Mrs. F. R. Lefferts, 1969
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
In 1850, Marshall Lefferts, president of the New York and New England and the New York State telegraph companies, was presented with "a splendid service of plate" to honor his construction of telegraph lines from New York to Boston and Buffalo. It was designed by John C. Moore in the "modern French" style, with floral chasing and rusticated castings. Surmounting the kettle is a figure of Zeus holding lightning bolts—an allegory of electricity.
Inscription: engraved on body: TO / MARSHALL LEFFERTS, ESQ. / PRESIDENT / OF THE (up to here in roman) / New York / and / New England, / and / New York State / Telegraph Companies (script)
engraved on opposite side of body in script: From the / Stockholders and / Associated Press of / New York City / As a token of the / Satisfaction and / Confidence inspired / by his efficient services in / advancing the cause & credit of / the Telegraph system the noblest / enterprize of this eventful age / New York / June 25 " 1850.
Marking: marked on underside of body: BALL TOMPKINS & BLACK / NEW YORK / J.C.M / 22 (incuse) (Note that first two lines curve)
Marshall Lefferts, from 1850; Mrs. F. R. Lefferts, Setauket, New York, until 1969