Garner & Winchester Coin Silver Monteith
Lexington, Kentucky circa 1845
Circular on pedestal foot chased with thistles and foliage with architectural scene and courting couple scene, the removable notched crown chased with flowers centering two cartouches, one engraved E.H. Warfield from her grandfather John Brand 1849, the other Eleanor Royce Mercein from Hariette Holly Kelly 1901. Diameter 9 inches, approximately 40 ounces.
The firm Garner & Winchester was formed in 1842 by Eli Garner and Daniel Frank Winchester. Interestingly, Winchester apprenticed in Baltimore so he would have retained contacts in that city's silver industry and been intimately acquainted with the popular style known as "Baltimore silver". Winchester joined the Union Army in 1862 and he served as a 2nd Lieutenant. He returned to silversmithing for a few years after the war before his death in 1868.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has a magnificent ewer by the firm in their permanent collection.
This striking montieth is the third example found to have been owned by John Brand (1775-1849), a prominent member of early Kentucky society. The other two montieths (one sold Sotheby's, New York, October 28, 2004 and the other in these rooms October 4, 2017) have similar decoration of thistles referencing Brand's Scottish roots. This example was first presented by Brand to his granddaughter Elizabeth Hay (Brand) Warfield (1827-1891). The second presentation is from Harriette Holly (or Holley) Warfield Kelly (1847-1921), daughter of Elizabeth Warfield and given to Eleanor Royce Mercein (1880-1968). Eleanor was the wife of Harriette's son Robert Morrow Kelly (1871-1926). This montieth and the coffee service (lot 173) have descended seven generations in the same family.
C Estate of Eleanor Johnson
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