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John W. Forbes, NY, Federal Coin Silver Hot Water Kettle on Stand

John W. Forbes, NY, Federal Coin Silver Hot Water Kettle on Stand
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$1,000.00 Full set also available.

This kettle is stamped "I.W. Forbes" along with two stars and an anchor, for the prominent New York City silversmith and citizen, John Wolfe Forbes, 1781-1864, son of William Garret Forbes and brother of Garret, both also silversmiths of note. An example of his work is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery and is valued by private collectors as well.

Working in the first decades of the 19th century, his style follows after early Federal period design, as evidenced by this bulbous, melon shaped body, footed, hot water kettle that alone measures 10 1/2" to the top of the finial, 12" high with upraised handle, is approximately 6" in diameter, weighs 36.6 T. oz., and has a maximum capacity of 10 cups of water.

It has a 1" wide, floral, leaf, and acorn band around the shoulder area, applied gadroon rims on both the pierced, tiered foot and top opening, and a large, elaborate, pomegranate finial on the side hinge lid. The spout is serpentine form with a split tongue opening.

There is a single, only faintly visible, feathered script "I" or "J" inscribed on the sidewall of the body.

This item is part of a set that also includes a pot, creamer and sugar, and it has a holder that, while clearly custom made for the kettle, is not original to the set.

This item has a 6 1/4" diameter base with a gadroon rim that matches the main piece, and 6 1/4" high, splayed arms that hold the kettle, and weighs 16.2 T. oz. by itself.

It has a round, notched, fitting for a burner but is without one.

It is marked "Howard & Co.," for the high end, New York City jeweler and silversmith established in 1866.

The underside shows hammering marks, indicating that it was hand raised in the same manner as the original work.

Either this is a replacement for the original holder, or the kettle was converted at some point early in its history from a pot. Either way, the ensemble is fully coherent and functional.

While in excellent condition, and showing a particularly fine finish (free of fire scale that often besets such old items) on both the kettle and holder, there are signs of use and wear.

There are a number of shallow dents, not to be confused with some areas where the surface is slightly irregular as a consequence of this being hand made. The top of one lobe has a small run of solder which probably was an old repair. Likewise, one of the braces that holds the handle is slightly pushed in and the surface around this is a bit rough and may have been worked on at some point.

The lid is secure, fits well, and has an intact hinge with its original pin, but shows several small dents. The base remains round and even and is free of distortions. The neck and spout are without bends or splints, and the ebony handle is likewise without cracks or splits.

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