Cake basket (one of a pair)
Overall: 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. ( 19 x 27.3 x 40.3 cm )
One of a pair of wrought and cast silver cake baskets; rectangular, boat-shaped bodies with stepped and molded rims; applied, cast gadrooned bands around the rims with applied foliate scroll motifs on the centers of each side; seated on rectangular pedestals with applied foliate bands; applied, foliate scroll footrings; two cast foliate scroll bail handles applied to opposite sides on each; engraved on the fronts of the bowls, "The Corporation of the City/ of New York, present this Plate in/ testimony of the exalted opinion/ entertained by that body and thier fellow/ Citizens of the skill & gallantry displayed/ by Capt. James Lawrence, of the U S./ Sloop of War, Hornet in the capture of/ the British Sloop of War Peacock/ on the 24. February 1813." in script; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
The Eugene H. Pool Collection of Captain James Lawrence, Gift of Dr. Eugene H. Pool
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