American Silver Monteith
George W. Stewart, Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1845
Chased allover with flowers, thistles and foliage in figural scenes, on a pedestal foot, with removable scalloped crown. Diameter 10 inches, approximately 39 ounces.
The pair to this monteith, also by Stewart, was sold Sotheby's, New York, October 28, 2004, lot 607.
George Stewart opened his business in Lexington, Kentucky in May 1843 after training in New York City. By 1852 he had sold the shop to his apprentice Thomas Calvert and Stewart went on to serve with the 53rd Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Infantry for the Union during the Civil War.
This monteith was presented to William Moses Brand (1803-1845) by his mother Eliza Haigh Brand (1782-1849). The Brands were a prominent family in early Kentucky, and the thistles decorating this piece refer to their Scottish birth. She was the wife of John Brand who had made his fortune in hemp bagging (see lot 184 for a ewer owned by John Brand). Lot 184 and 185 have descended seven generations in the original family.
C Estate of Eleanor Johnson
Additional Notes & Condition Report
(The monteith sold at Sotheby's in 2004 was inscribed "Presented by her mother EHB to Eliza Macalister Woodward". Eliza (1811-1897) was the sister of William Moses Brand, the recipient of our monteith.)
Good condition overall; good detailing to the decoration
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