Garner & Winchester Coin Silver Coffee Service
Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1850
Comprising a coffee pot, cream jug and covered sugar bowl, each baluster-form on scroll feet, the body chased with flowers, birds and architectural scenes centering cartouches engraved BW to EN & EHW 1851 and LKM to CJ & EWM 1941, the covers with thistle finials. Height of coffee pot 14 inches, total approximately 84 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.
A similar milk jug marked Garner & Winchester was sold by Cowan's, Cincinnati October 9, 2010 lot 328.
The first presentation is likely a posthumous gift from William Brand (1803-1845) to his daughter Elizabeth Hay (Brand) Warfield (1827-1891) and her husband Elisha Nicholas Warfield (1823-1903).
The second presentation is from Lisa Kelley Muir (1888-1958) to her daughter Eleanor Muir (1920-2011) and her husband Collister Johnson (1917-2017) presumably on their wedding in 1941. This coffee service and the montieth (lot 172) have descended seven generations in the same family.
C Estate of Eleanor Johnson
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Coffee pot with handle slightly loose; slight rock on base
Sugar with handles slightly pushed in
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