American Empire Three-Piece Coin Silver Tea Set
dated 1831, mark of Achilles Tallman (1808-1834), New York, New York, including a teapot, h. 10", l. 13", a covered sugar bowl, h. 9", w. 9-3/4", and a cream jug, h. 6-1/2", l. 7-1/4", each with a bulbous circular body decorated with fluted and lozenge-crested gadroons, with milled floral banding, acanthus-crested handles and basket-of-flowers finials.
78.08 total t. oz.
Notes: Achilles Tallman (sometimes Taulman) was born in New York City on August 18, 1808, the son of Harmanus Tallman (1772-1826) and Ann Coleman (1774-1864), and was baptised two months later on October 2 at the Reformed Dutch Church on Sugar Loaf Street. Nothing is known of his education or career, other than he is listed as a watchmaker on Fulton Street from 1829 to 1833. He was likely then the retailer of this set rather than its maker, though it does bear his rare mark. He never married, but was perhaps endeavored to that goal given his sponsorship of two separate Civic Balls on New Year's Eve 1830 and February 11, 1831 as advertised in the New York Evening Post ("Dancing to commence at 8 o'clock precisely"). He died at the very young age of 25 on January 22, 1834 and is buried in the family plot at Snyder Cemetery, Valley Cottage, Rockland County New York.