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  • Tea and coffee service, ca. 1800
    Attributed to Christian Wiltberger (American, 1766–1851)
    Silver; Coffeepot (1980.503.1): Overall: 14 1/2 x 10 15/16 x 5 5/8 in., 1292 grams (36.8 x 27.8 x 14.3 cm, 41.539 troy ounces); Foot: 4 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (10.6 x 11 cm); Teapot (1980.503.2): Overall: 7 x 11 5/16 x 4 1/2 in., 680 grams (17.8 x 28.7 x 11.4 cm, 21.863 troy ounces); Base: 5 3/8 x 3 1/8 in. (13.7 x 7.9 cm); Sugar bowl (1980.503.3): Overall: 9 13/16 x 4 1/8 in., 451 grams (24.9 x 10.5 cm, 14.5 troy ounces); Foot: 3 7/16 x 3 5/16 in. (8.7 x 8.4 cm); Creamer (1980.503.4): Overall: 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 x 2 5/8 in., 187.7 grams (16.8 x 12.4 x 6.7 cm, 6.035 troy ounces); Foot: 2 11/16 x 2 5/8 in. (6.8 x 6.7 cm)
    Gift of H. H. Walker Lewis, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. S. Lewis, 1980 (1980.503.1–4)

    This handsome tea and coffee service, although unmarked, has been attributed to the Philadelphia silversmith Christian Wiltberger on the basis of style. Stately and dignified, with its fluted forms and generous proportions, it represents the fully matured Neoclassical style. The service belonged to Eleanor Parke (Nelly) Custis (1779–1852), granddaughter of Martha Washington who married George Washington's nephew Lawrence Lewis (1767–1839) on February 22, 1799. Family tradition holds that the service was a gift from General Lafayette and his son, who were close friends of the family. In addition to the matching bands of bright-cut ornament, each piece is engraved with the Lewis crest and with the script monogram LEPL for Lawrence and Eleanor Parke Lewis. In place of the customary urn or flame-shaped finial, cast eagles surmount three of the pieces, especially appropriate for America's first family.

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  • Tea and coffee service, ca. 1800
    Attributed to Christian Wiltberger (American, 1766–1851)
    Silver; Coffeepot (1980.503.1): Overall: 14 1/2 x 10 15/16 x 5 5/8 in., 1292 grams (36.8 x 27.8 x 14.3 cm, 41.539 troy ounces); Foot: 4 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (10.6 x 11 cm); Teapot (1980.503.2): Overall: 7 x 11 5/16 x 4 1/2 in., 680 grams (17.8 x 28.7 x 11.4 cm, 21.863 troy ounces); Base: 5 3/8 x 3 1/8 in. (13.7 x 7.9 cm); Sugar bowl (1980.503.3): Overall: 9 13/16 x 4 1/8 in., 451 grams (24.9 x 10.5 cm, 14.5 troy ounces); Foot: 3 7/16 x 3 5/16 in. (8.7 x 8.4 cm); Creamer (1980.503.4): Overall: 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 x 2 5/8 in., 187.7 grams (16.8 x 12.4 x 6.7 cm, 6.035 troy ounces); Foot: 2 11/16 x 2 5/8 in. (6.8 x 6.7 cm)
    Gift of H. H. Walker Lewis, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. S. Lewis, 1980 (1980.503.1-4)

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