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Cigar box

Object Number: 
2004.49
Date: 
1929
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 12 3/8 x 7 1/8 in. ( 11.7 x 31.4 x 18.1 cm )
Marks: 
Mark: along upper half of bottom, TIFFANY & CO./21445Y MAKERS 3931/STERLING SILVER/925-1000/M; along lower half of bottom: SPECIAL HAND WORK Engraving: Body of box and handles are engraved, chased, and etched across surface. Inscription: Lock plate loca
Description: 
Rectangular hand-engraved, chased, and etched silver presentation humidor with applied hand-engraved, chased, and etched medallions, diapers, straps, and handles rendered in Moresque style used by Tiffany & Company during the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Humidor is inscribed with dedicatory engraved plaque, located at lid interior, which was previously run as an editorial in the Brooklyn Standard Union on Friday, November 2, 1928.
Gallery Label: 
Early in the War of 1812, Captain Jacob Jones (1768-1850) achieved national recognition for capturing the well-armed HMS Frolic as he commanded the sloop USS Wasp. Throughout the war, Jones was feted by state and local groups as a national hero. This ornate tureen was among the many demonstrations of gratitude presented to him for the Wasp's decisive victory. The citizens of Philadelphia commissioned the impressive tureen from a leading silver manufacturer, French émigré Simon Chaudron. Chaudron incorporated key symbols into its decorative scheme that were becoming part of an American presentation vocabulary. Referring directly to Jones's victory is the prominent finial of the armed Athena, robust Neptune masks on the feet and handle terminals, shell pendants, and a medallion with a triumphant cherub riding a sea serpent. The tureen is a rare example of American silver with markings that identify its designer, engraver, and silversmith.
Bibliography: 
Ledes, Allison E., ed. "The Magazine Antiques: January 2005." New York: Brant Publications, Inc., 2005.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Alfred Smith (1873-1944), who married Catherine A. Dunn (1879-1944); to their daughter Emily Smith Warner (1902-1980); purchased by Lecil Gray III during the 1970s; purchased by the N-YHS from Dallas Auction Galleries, Dallas, Tex., Jewelry, Fine Art & Antique Auction, November 17, 2004, lot 162.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group