Samuel Kirk was the best known and most important silversmith in the mid-Atlantic region in the 19th century. By 1828, work from his firm accounted for 93% of the fine silver produced in Baltimore. Kirk was celebrated not only for the purity of the silver that he used, but for his skillful repoussé work as well. Repoussé is a French term that literally means “pushed from behind”; all of the patterns on the bodies of the vessels in this tea set have literally been hammered out from the back, making the decoration stand in relief upon their surfaces.
Place object was created: United States
Measurements: overall height: 12.25 inchesMuseum Purchase: Charlotte Debutante Club Fund 2000.53.1-5
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN