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An American coin silver hot water urn, with stand and spirit lamp. Maker's mark of Gorham & Co., Providence, Rhode Island, number 30, with the retailer; mark of W. McGrew & Son, Cincinnati, circa 1860, the ovoid body with two gargoyle mask with drop-ring handles, decorated with engine-turning; anthemia and strap-work enclosing a cartouche on either side, one vacant, one engraved Anna M. Wood, the stand with an openwork foliate skirt, raised on four scroll feet; the same body, but slightly different decoration, as the urn in the Lincoln. Tea and coffee service, acquired for the White House in 1861 by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln: it descended in the family and was donated in 1957 by Mr. Lincoln Isham, great-grandson of President and Mrs. Lincoln, to the Smithsonian Institution.
Height of the urn is 19 inches, weight 90.10 troy ounces.