Dinner plate

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
ca. 1798
Medium: 
Silver (.950 percent)
Dimensions: 
Overall (diam.): 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Circular dinner plate with flat bottom and tiered, concave rim; rim decorated with applied molded border.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Winthrop J. Allegaert
Object Number: 
2017.72
Marks: 
Stamped on underside: Guarantee mark of emperor’s head, flanked by numbers “8” and “5” in oval surround; rooster with “1” (at right) in octagonal surround; and maker’s mark “P L” with small fleur de lis at top, and possibly acorn and f
Inscriptions: 

Script initials “J A A” surmounted by crest of arm holding sword, on skein, engraved along top of rim.

Gallery Label: 

This dinner plate was from a silver service owned by John Armstrong Jr. and his wife, Alida Livingston Armstrong. John Armstrong Jr. was a long-time American statesman who served during the Revolutionary War as an aide to Generals Hugh Mercer and Horatio Gates; a United States senator from New York (1800 to 1802, 1803 to1804); and a minister to France from 1804 to 1810. During the War of 1812, Armstrong was stationed in New York (commissioned as a Brigadier General). In 1813, he was appointed as the US Secretary of War. In office during the British occupation of Washington, D.C., he resigned in 1814 after the unprepared city was devastated on his watch.

Armstrong married Alida Livingston, the sister of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, in 1789. Owning French silver was one of many things the Armstrongs and Chan. Livingston had in common, as the latter purchased a dinner service and additional pieces (including a silver coffeepot, 1951.284) for use during his term as US Minister to France (1801 to 1804). Armstrong succeeded his brother-in-law in France, and it is likely that he and his wife purchased the silver service to use while they were in residence there. This plate descended largely through the family’s matrilineal line, beginning with the Armstrong’s daughter, Margaret Rebecca (1800-1872).

Armstrong spent his later years as a gentleman farmer in upstate New York at the couple’s estate, La Bergerie (now known as Rokeby), completed in 1815. Located near Chancellor Livingston’s estate, Clermont, La Bergerie was built on Livingston family land. Armstrong also shared Livingston’s interest in animal husbandry, and raised a herd of merino sheep initially given to him by Napoleon at La Bergerie.

Provenance: 

John Armstrong Jr. (1758−1843), who married Alida Livingston (1761−1822); to their daughter, Margaret Rebecca Armstrong (1800-1872), who married William Backhouse Astor Sr. (1792−1875), to their daughter Emily Astor (1819−1841), who married Samuel C. Ward (1814−1884); to their daughter Margaret Astor Ward (1838−1875), who married John Winthrop Chanler (1826−1877); to their son, Winthrop Astor Chanler (1863−1926), who married Louisa Margaret Terry (1862−1952); to their daughter Beatrice Chanler (1891−1974), who married Pierre Francis Allegaert (1896−1961); to their son, Winthrop J. Allegaert (b. 1929) and daughter-in-law, the donor.

Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1803
eMuseum Object ID: 
80051
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Hippodrome souvenir spoon

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
1901-1920
Medium: 
Sterling silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 × 11/16 × 1/4 in. (8.9 × 1.7 × 0.6 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Sterling silver spoon, embossed in bowl “THE / HIPPODROME” with image of the Hippodrome building and “ NEW YORK CITY.” Handle-end decorated with embossed silhouette of the Flatiron Building.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Object Number: 
2017.36.9e
Marks: 
On the verso of handle: “P [in heart] & [in heart] B STERLING.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Souvenir spoons commemorating specific people, places, or events have been common forms of memorabilia since the late nineteenth century. These spoons have handle-ends shaped like the Flatiron building, and bowls embossed with images of the New York Hippodrome.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
79279
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Hippodrome souvenir spoon

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
1901-1920
Medium: 
Sterling silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 × 11/16 × 1/4 in. (8.9 × 1.7 × 0.6 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Sterling silver spoon, embossed in bowl “THE / HIPPODROME” with image of the Hippodrome building and “ NEW YORK CITY.” Handle-end decorated with embossed silhouette of the Flatiron Building.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Object Number: 
2017.36.9d
Marks: 
On the verso of handle: “P [in heart] & [in heart] B STERLING.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Souvenir spoons commemorating specific people, places, or events have been common forms of memorabilia since the late nineteenth century. These spoons have handle-ends in shaped like the Flatiron building, and bowls embossed with images of the New York Hippodrome.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
79278
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Brooklyn Bridge souvenir spoon

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
1901-1920
Medium: 
Sterling silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 × 11/16 × 1/4 in. (8.9 × 1.7 × 0.6 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Sterling silver spoon, embossed in bowl “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” with image of Brooklyn Bridge and “ NEW YORK CITY.” Handle-end decorated with embossed silhouette of the Flatiron Building.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Object Number: 
2017.36.9c
Marks: 
On the verso of handle: “P [in heart] & [in heart] B STERLING.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Souvenir spoons commemorating specific people, places, or events have been common forms of memorabilia since the late nineteenth century. These spoons have handle-ends shaped like the Flatiron building, and bowls embossed with images of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
79277
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Brooklyn Bridge souvenir spoon

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
1901-1920
Medium: 
Sterling silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 × 11/16 × 1/4 in. (8.9 × 1.7 × 0.6 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Sterling silver spoon, embossed in bowl “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” with image of Brooklyn Bridge and “ NEW YORK CITY.” Handle-end decorated with embossed silhouette of the Flatiron Building.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Object Number: 
2017.36.9b
Marks: 
On the verso of handle: “P [in heart] & [in heart] B STERLING.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Souvenir spoons commemorating specific people, places, or events have been common forms of memorabilia since the late nineteenth century. These spoons have handle-ends shaped like the Flatiron building, and bowls embossed with images of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
79276
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Brooklyn Bridge souvenir spoon

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Object name: 
Date: 
1901-1920
Medium: 
Sterling silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/2 × 11/16 × 1/4 in. (8.9 × 1.7 × 0.6 cm)
Place Made: 
Description: 

Sterling silver spoon, embossed in bowl “BROOKLYN BRIDGE” with image of Brooklyn Bridge and “ NEW YORK CITY.” Handle-end decorated with embossed silhouette of the Flatiron Building.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Object Number: 
2017.36.9a
Marks: 
On the verso of handle: “P [in heart] & [in heart] B STERLING.”
Inscriptions: 
Gallery Label: 

Souvenir spoons commemorating specific people, places, or events have been common forms of memorabilia since the late nineteenth century. These spoons have handle-ends shaped like the Flatiron building, and bowls embossed with images of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Provenance: 
Bibliography: 
Prior Exhibitions: 
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
79272
Exclude from TMS update: 
3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Tray

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1820-1830
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 11 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. ( 3.5 x 30.2 x 24.4 cm )
Description: 
Cast and pierced silver tray; flat, oval dish engraved in the center with a lion rampant on fess over the initials, "I. C." in gothic script; pierced, foliate scroll, galleried sides with wheel turned decoration on the interior, flaring to an applied, cast reeded rim; four cast ball feet applied to the base; maker's marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans, 1937
Object Number: 
INV.14059
Marks: 
engraved: in the center: a lion rampant on fess over the initials, "I. C." in gothic script stamped: on the base: lion passant in a hexagon, "H" in script conforming, "A/ V. D/ W" in a diamond twice, unidentified mark
Gallery Label: 
The initials engraved on this tray belong to Israel Corse, Jr. (1819-1885).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1830
eMuseum Object ID: 
37125
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Presentation punch bowl commemorating the opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building

Classification: 
Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Date: 
1913
Medium: 
Sterling silver with gold inscription
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 5/8 × 17 in. (24.4 × 43.2 cm); approx. 222 troy oz.
Description: 

Circular, footed bowl with notched rim over a band with raised inscription in gold: "Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913," over a border of alternating large and small pendant trefoils intercepted with a shield-shaped reserve with the raised gold monogram "CG" and ornamented with scrolled anthemion leaves; bowl interior with a chased scene at center depicting the F.W. Woolworth building in its setting with surrounding buildings and trees; all supported on a circular molded base; impressed maker's marks on underside of base.

Credit Line: 
Purchased through the generosity of Barbara Knowles Debs and Richard A. Debs, Paul Guarner, Patricia D. Klingenstein, the Monsky family, Nancy Newcomb and John Hargraves, Pam B. Schafler, and Roy J. Zuckerberg
Object Number: 
2013.12
Marks: 
Mark on underside of foot: “TIFFANY & Co MAKERS 11701 STERLING SILVER 925-1000 M”
Inscriptions: 

Inscription around rim: “Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913”

Gallery Label: 

On April 24, 1913, nine hundred men gathered on the twenty-seventh floor of the Woolworth Building to enjoy an extravagant dinner celebrating the skyscraper’s opening and honoring its architect, Cass Gilbert. The New York Times touted the event as the “highest skyscraper dinner ever held in the world.” Indeed, the “Cathedral of Commerce,” as the Woolworth Building was dubbed, held the distinction of being the tallest building in the world until 1930. During the dinner, five-and-dime magnate Frank W. Woolworth presented this monumental punch bowl to Cass Gilbert as a "small token” of his regard. The lavish bowl incorporates neo-Gothic details drawn from Gilbert’s architectural ornament and is inscribed in gold lettering, “Presented to Cass Gilbert by Frank W. Woolworth as a Mark of Appreciation at the Formal Opening of the Woolworth Building on the 24th of April 1913.” A chased scene showing the Woolworth Building from City Hall Park ornaments the inside of the bowl.

Date End: 
1913
eMuseum Object ID: 
69409
Exclude from TMS update: 
OFF
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Compote dish

Classification: 
Medium: 
Silver
Credit Line: 
Gift of Barbara Tetzlaff, Muriel Talbot French Trust
Object Number: 
2011.13.3
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
67754
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Ladle

Classification: 
Medium: 
Silver
Credit Line: 
Gift of Barbara Tetzlaff, Muriel Talbot French Trust
Object Number: 
2011.13.2
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
67753
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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