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The will of Anna Maria Watkins (1794-1880) of Reading, New York, the great-grandniece of John Hunt (son of Obadiah Hunt, the tavernkeeper), refers to several pieces of silver which descended through matrilineal lines, including the present lots 124, 126, and 127. To her nephew, Samuel Watkins Tuttle, Anna Watkins bequeathed a "pair of old fashioned silver gravy sauce boats" (lot 127, part). Her niece, Maria Teresa Stacey, received a "small silver teapot and small sugar bowl" which are undoubtedly lot 124, the Soumaine teapot, and lot 126, the George III sugar bowl.
CIRCA 1771, MAKER'S MARK OF TH, STRUCK FOUR TIMES
AN ENGLISH PROVINCIAL SILVER LADLE OF AMERICAN INTEREST
Circa 1771, maker's mark of TH, struck four times
Hanoverian pattern, the reverse engraved with a crest and date 1771, the front engraved given to J. George Stacy Jun by his Grandmother C. M. Lewis Aug 2nd 1883., marked on handle
13½in. long; 6oz. 10dwt.
According to family tradition, the crest is that of the Marshall family for Sir John Marshall, who retired as a lieutenant of the Royal Navy in 1771.
He married Anne Ten Eyck, daughter of Samuel and Mary Ten Eyck of New York City, thence by descent to:
Maria Susannah Marshall, daughter, who married Charles Watkins of New York City in 1793
Charlotte Watkins, daughter, who married John Lewis in 1831
James George Stacey, Jr., grandson
Adeline Terry Tuttle (1871-1958), cousin
William M. Tuttle (1905-1962), nephew
Thence by descent to the present owner