Metals

A inset comprised of silver filigree.

Silver Filigree Ink set

Mid-late 19th Century

Mexican, silver filigree inkstand with three containers on top (ink and sander) and 3" high silver bell engraved "Memoria de Gratitud  Un Mexicano."  Oval shape with inset corners, two handles and leaf and paw feet.  Italian-stye filigree.  Pen with gold filigree...

English silver plated tree epergne.

Tree Epergne

c.1855-1860

English silver plated tree epergne. This epergne is shown in early Seward House photographs of their home in Washington.

Sheffield Silver Tea Set

c.1835

Six piece silver tea set used by Frances and Sec. Wm. H. Seward.   Includes a creamer, sugar bowl with separate top, slop jar, tea pot, coffee pot, and oval tray with two handles designed with Greek key, open work and beading with sterling silver medallion in center with Seward...

Printing Plates: William Henry Seward's Autobiography

c.1877-1891

These printing plates, stored in the Museum's basement, appear to be made out of solid lead and are stored in about 45 wooden crates. Includes the first volume, "Autobiography of William H. Seward, from 1801 to 1834: With a Memoir of His Life, and Selections from His Letters...

Tin bread box with hinged front and keyhole.

Bread Box

C. 1850 

A tin bread box with hinged front and keyhole. These bread boxes were locked to prevent pilferage by servants.

Pewter mug with handles

Mug

C. 1850 

Pewter mug with handles.  Engraved with floral design. 4 3/4" height, 4 1/4" diameter at base.

Large tin serving tray with bevelled edge.

Tray

c. 1850

Large tin serving tray with bevelled edge.  Remanants of black paint and gold striping on edge. 

Large copper pot for water, coffee, tea.  Porcelain knob on top with wooden grip on bail.

Kettle

c. 1810

Large copper pot for water, coffee, tea.  Porcelain knob on top with wooden grip on bail. Belonged to Judge Miller.

Tin hanging box with open work design.

Match Holder

c.1875

Tin hanging box with open work design.

American silver stein by Howard and Co, NY. Inscription reads "Presented by John Jacob Astor to Caroline Rees Seward on the occasion of her marriage to Robert Endicott, December 16, 1885"

American Silver Stein by Howard and Co, NY

Mid 19th century

This stein on display in the Dining Room, was a wedding gift to Caroline Rees Seward, William Henry Seward's great niece, in 1885. A gift from John Jacob Astor, who is best known for being one of the richest men in America when he died aboard the Titanic in 1912. 

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