The gift to the Archdiocese of Atlanta has gotten a lot of attention, as we knew it would. We are happy to share what we can.
Here are two additional photos:
Here is the beautiful tea set that belonged to Mitchell. (I'll have more information about this next week. )
UPDATE - I ask an answer from the Archives Department at the Atlanta Archdiocese and in return I get great information. Here's what archivist Angelique M. Richardson wrote:
The tea and coffee set was passed down to Margaret from her mother, May Belle.
The set is done in the Repousse pattern, the oldest sterling silver pattern in the United States. We were lucky enough to have found the complete tea and coffee service.
The tea and coffee set is mentioned in an inventory created by Margaret that we got a copy of from the University of Georgia. In the inventory at UGA she describes the tea set as follows:
Quadruple Plated Tea and Coffee Service—Tray has handles, length 18 1/8 x 14 ¼ inches. Center design shows an oblong with a spiderweb in lower righthand corner, initials “MBM” in script. Two Pots, identical, 6 ½ inches high, each engraved on lid “MBM,” top section of pots repousse design, bottom incised. Two-handled Sugar Bowl same design, no monogram, top missing ever since I can remember, circumference at widest part approximately 15 ½ inches. Waste Bowl same size and design as sugar bowl, minus handles, engraved “MBM.” Cream Pitcher same design, initialed “MBM,” 4 ¾ inches high, approximately 12 inches in circumference, handle. Bottom of each piece bears stamp in circle “Barbour Bros. Co. Silver Quadruple.” There is also stamped or scratched into the bottom of each piece “987,” on the pots the number “6” appears above the “987.” On bottom of one pot “Mitchell” is scratched in printed letters.