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Compotier

Object Number: 
1939.196
Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 14.6 x 14 cm ) Silver Weight: 5 oz (troy) 14 dwt (177 g)
Marks: 
engraved: in bowl: "THE BLIZZARD MEN OF 1888/ BEST STORY OF THE GREAT BLIZZARD/ AWARDED TO/ LENA CADWALADER EVANS/ AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON/ NEW YORK/ 1939" struck: on base: "STERLING/ MFH/ WEIGHTED" and pattern number 857
Description: 
Silver presentation compotier; circular spun bowl with a rounded lip set on a high footed stem; weighted; engraved in the bowl, "THE BLIZZARD MEN OF 1888/ BEST STORY OF THE GREAT BLIZZARD/ AWARDED TO/ LENA CADWALADER EVANS/ AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON/ NEW YORK/ 1939."
Gallery Label: 
This compotier was awarded to Lena Cadwalader Evans (1873-1955) by the Blizzard Men of 1888 for the poignant recounting of her girlhood experience during the infamous blizzard of 1888, a blinding snowstorm with powerful gales that paralyzed the city for days. From 1929 until at least 1941, the club met each year around March 12, the storm's anniversary, to dine and reminisce about the storm. The program for the 1939 luncheon announced that a "handsome solid silver cup, suitably engraved" would be awarded for the "best authentic story of his or her experience" during the blizzard, an annual tradition since the club's founding ten years earlier.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans
Provenance: 
Presented to Lena Cadwalader Evans (1873-1955), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group