The inscriptions on this service include:
Presented to / Charles G. Fairman Esq
Charles Fairman Copeland / Nov. 1901
Nov. 15th 1870 / Hattie / June 23rd 1880
(The tray similarly engraved and with date Nov. 15th 1870).
This tea and coffee service and tray were originally given to Charles G. Fairman Esq. (31 October 1824 - 6 July 1884) by the town of Elmira, New York, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Elmira Advertiser, a daily newspaper he founded with his brother Seymour B. Fairman February 19th, 1855. Charles Fairman was one of the most well- known newspaper reporters and editors in New York State at the time, and held various other offices over the years, including postmaster for the city of Elmira for eight years, and Superintendent of the State Insurance Department for one term. Fairman had one daughter, Hattie Boughton Fairman, who married Joseph L. Whittet of Buffalo, New York in 1880, and is likely the Hattie referenced in the third inscription found on this service.
Charles Fairman Copeland (1867 - 14 May 1952), also referenced in the presentation engravings found on the present lot, was Charles G Fairman's nephew, the son of his brother Seymour.