An American Silver Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Set Ellmore Silver Co., Meriden, CT, Circa 1940 Champlain pattern, comprising a teapot, coffee pot, creamer, covered sugar bowl, and waste bowl, of elongated urn form chased with scroll cartouches flanked by cornucopias of fruit, all engraved on one side with monogram GEQJ marked on bases 120 ozt 12 dwt Height of coffee pot 12 1/2 inches Estimate $ 2,500-4,500
This tea and coffee set was reportedly presented to George E. Q. Johnson (1874-1949), Chicago, IL, by the Swedish government in 1938 for his successful prosecution of Al Capone for tax evasion in 1931. Johnson, who had been active in the Swedish communities in Chicago's north and south sides, served as US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1927-32. He returned to private practice in 1933.
of good weight, feels substantial, teapot with some light scratches near monogram, cofee pot cover does not close tightly, chasing good, overall good condition