Teakettle

Maker: John C. Moore (ca. 1802–1874)

Retailer: Ball, Tompkins and Black (active 1839–51)

Date: 1850

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 17 3/16 x 9 3/4 x 8 9/16 in. (43.7 x 24.8 x 21.7 cm); 75 oz. 12 dwt. (2351.3)
Body: H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm); 50 oz. 15 dwt. (1578.9 g)
Stand: H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); 20 oz. 14 dwt. (644.3 g)
Lamp: 2 5/16 x 3 1/16 in. (5.9 x 7.8 cm); 4 oz. 2 dwt. (128.1 g)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. F. R. Lefferts, 1969

Accession Number: 69.141.1a–d

Description

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.

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