Charles Alexander Burnett (1769ñ1849, Alexandria, Virginia / Georgetown, District of Columbia) Federal coin silver tea and coffee service. The Neoclassical style, six-piece service includes coffee pot, tea pot, sugar bowl, waste bowl, creamer, and sugar tongs, all stamped C.A. BURNETT in rectangle. The five hollowware pieces are of rectangular form with gadroon and trellis borders, urn finials and stepped pedestal bases; the pots having angular handles with bone ferrules and the sugar bowl with C-scroll handles, the tongs with shell form grips, bright cut bell flowers and borders on the handles. Circa 1810. Coffee pot: 8 1/8″ H, tea pot: 8 5/8″ H, covered sugar: 8 1/2″ H, creamer: 6 3/8″ H, waste bowl: 5″ L, tongs: 6 1/4″ L. Script monogram “ACK” (H?) on tongs; other pieces with script monogram HPA. 113.585 oz troy total. Charles Burnett was one of the Federal period’s most prominent and prolific silversmiths. He was active in Fredericksburg from 1788-1793 and Alexandria from 1793 to 1796. From 1801-1806 he was in partnership with John E. Rigden in Georgetown. Burnett continued the shop in Georgetown on his own until about 1840, and he died in 1849. He counted a number of Washington, D.C. area politicians among his patrons, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Clay. Provenance: From the Estate of the Late Richard Harrison Doughty, Greeneville, Tennessee. Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, commensurate with age. Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, commensurate with age.
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