Dominick & Haff Five Piece Sterling Coffee Service, NYC, 1892
This beautiful coffee service created by the famous firm of Dominick & Haff consists of a coffee pot, a tea pot, creamer, covered sugar bowl and waste (slop) bowl. The elegant styling and decoration consist of robust repoussé foliage and scroll designs. Complimentary bold foliate designs are applied to the handles and spouts as are the lovely applied borders to the openings of all the bodies. Applied, splayed feet are executed as leaves.
Provenance: Susan Spottswood Evans married David Jayne Bullock on April 27, 1892. David Jayne Bullock was the grandson of Dr. David Jayne.
Dr. Jayne made a fortune in the medicinal tonic market of the early 1800s. One of his patented medicines was Indian Tonic and Expectorant Vermicide. About 1850 he hired famous local architects to construct a 10-story building in the 200-block of Chestnut Street, Philadelphia and about 1860 at Chestnut and 19th streets, a home colloquially known as the "Marble Mansion".Even after his death, Dr. Jayne's Medical Almanac continued to be printed until 1930 when by that time over 500 million copies had been distributed. (See here,hereandhere.)
This lovely set is very heavy weighing an impressive total of 114.15 troy ounces. The coffee pot measures 7.5 inches high and the service is in very good antique condition. The undersides are all marked with Dominick & Haff's trademark which includes the 1892 date. It is also stamped 'STERLING/ 528' and by the Philadelphia retailer 'J.E. CALDWELL & CO'. The coffee pot, creamer and sugar are engraved underneath 'SSE from EL Apr. 27. 1892'. The tea pot and waste are engraved underneath 'SSE from DJB Apr. 27. 1892'.