7 Piece Sterling Silver Tea Service with Sterling Tray, Pompeiian pattern by Mount Vernon Silver, retailed by Ayre & Taylor, New York. Includes oval sterling tray with guilloche banded rim and rectangular vermeil medallions depicting four cherubs, together with a hot water urn with detachable stand and burner, teapot, coffee pot, creamer, sugar and waste bowl, all of Neoclassical urn form with guilloche banded rims and reeded handles, the bodies adorned with engraved swags and vermeil repousse medallions depicting a Greek goddess on one side and monogram reserves on the other (monogrammed HWU), raised on square bases with guilloche banding. Urn stand features four caryatid legs with ram masks and hoof feet. Service pieces ranging in size from 5 1/4" to 17" H. Tray – 28" W x 18" D. Combined weight 307.41 oz troy. Note: a demitasse or "bachelor" service in this same pattern is also being sold in this auction (see lot #58). Provenance: the collection of Helen Ward, by descent from Helen Oakley Underhill Wick (Mrs. Henry Wick) of New York City and Cleveland, Ohio. CONDITION: Tea service pieces in excellent condition with a couple of insignificant occasional tiny pinpoint sized dents and scratches. Tray in very good condition with some light scratches and a few spots of cloudiness. All pieces monogrammed.
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