Teakettle, John C. Moore (ca. 1802–1874), Silver, American


John C. Moore (ca. 1802–1874)
Ball, Tompkins and Black (active 1839–51)
Made in New York, New York, United States
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)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. F. R. Lefferts, 1969
Accession Number:
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 right of spout in script: To / MARSHALL LEFFERTS, ESQ. (shaded roman) / President / of the / New York / and / New England / and / New York State / Telegraph Companies,
engraved on body to left of spout in script: From / the Stockholders / and Associated Press / of New York City; / Viz., Courier & Enquirer, / Journal of Commerce, Express, / Herlad, Sun and Tribune; / As a token of the satisfaction and / confidence inspired by his efficient / services in advancing the cause and credit / of the Telegraph System, the noblest / enterprize of this eventful age. / New York, June 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