French Empire period sterling silver coffee pot, urn form having an ebonized handle with silver ferrules, figural swan final, eagle spout, frieze along the upper body with female mask and swan decoration and a round base. Paris .950 standard mark and maker's mark to the underside of the lid. Paris .950 standard mark additionally on the upper side near spout and additional maker's mark to the base. Engraved Boyd family coat of arms reading "Confido" along with the initials "JPB" below the spout. 10 1/2" H. 23.790 weighable troy ounces. 1st half 19th century. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN, by descent from Lewis Minor Coleman, Jr., son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Lewis M. Coleman Jr. was also related to the family of Henry Dearborn by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, who was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on her mother's side. John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, serving for thirty-five years. He oversaw landmark decisions such as Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, Gibbons v. Ogden and the Dartmouth College case. His lifelong friendship with George Washington developed during their Revolutionary War service including the winter at Valley Forge and the battles at Brandywine and Monmouth. CONDITION: A few areas of pitting/minor denting to lower body, overall good condition.
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