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Object ID 1947.024.001
Object Name Teapot
Collection Silver
Credit line DHS Purchase
Year Range from 1790
Year Range to 1793
Made Thomas Byrnes
Makers mark Marked by Thomas Byrnes
Description Silver Neoclassical style teapot with urn shape, square base, and beaded molding along the top, base, and spout; urn shaped finial. The piece has an ebony handle and is engraved on the side with the script initials "ELM" and marked "T. Byrnes" in a rectangle on the base.
Dimensions H-9.75 W-9.875 inches
Owned Eleazer and Lydia (Irons) McComb
Provenance Part of a set that originally belonged to Eleazer and Lydia Irons McComb of Wilmington and Little Creek Neck. When the couple both died of yellow fever in the fall of 1798, they left the family silver equally to each of their three children, Jennett, Elizabeth, and James. Their daughter Elizabeth, who married Matthew Kean, son of Thomas Kean, inherited the tea service that contained this piece. The service descended in the Kean family to Robert Potter Elmer, who sold it to a collector, Mrs. Amory Haskell. Three of the pieces from the set (including this one), were later purchased from Mrs. Haskell by David Stockwell. The Delaware Historical Society purchased the set by subscription from David Stockwell in 1947.
Subjects Silver
People Byrnes, Thomas
Stockwell, David
Search Terms Silver
Thomas Byrnes
Eleazer McComb
Lydia McComb
Eighteenth Century
Material Silver; ebony handle
Place of Origin Wilmington, Delaware