8 5/16 x 5 1/16 x 4 3/16 in. (21.1 x 12.8 x 10.6 cm); 15 oz. 16 dwt. (491.6 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 below spout in script: TO / MARSHALL LEFFERTS, ESQ., (roman) / President of the / New York and New England / and New York State / Telegraph Companies / from the Stockholders & / Associated Press of / New York City. / As a token of the satifaction / and confidence inspired by / his efficent services in advancing / the cause & credit of the Telegraph system / the noblest enterprize of this eventful age / New York, June 25./50 [note- the final slash is as it appears, not a line break.]
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