Overall: 15 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. ( 38.7 x 23.5 x 16.5 cm )
engraved: on the front center: "PRESENTED TO/ Charles Augustus Schermerhorn/ BY THE/ SAINT NICHOLAS SOCIETY/ OF THE/ CITY OF NEW YORK/ IN REMBERANCE OF HIS LONG AND FAITHFUL/ SERVICES AS AN OFFICER OF THE SOCIETY/ 1. DECEMBER 1911"engraved in block letter
Cast and wrought silver presentation ewer; urn-shaped body on a circular splayed foot with a molded pedestal and footring; stepped joint attaches the high, narrow neck with a low, flaring pouring lip and rim; molded band applied around the rim; all over engraved foliate scroll decoration on the body, neck and foot; cartouche in the fron center with the inscription, "PRESENTED TO/ Charles Augustus Schermerhorn/ BY THE/ SAINT NICHOLAS SOCIETY/ OF THE/ CITY OF NEW YORK/ IN REMBERANCE OF HIS LONG AND FAITHFUL/ SERVICES AS AN OFFICER OF THE SOCIETY/ 1. DECEMBER 1911"engraved in block letters and gothic script; cast, loop handle applied to the back of the rim and the body; makers' marks stamped on the base.
This ewer was presented to Charles Augustus Schermerhorn (b. 1839), the father of the donor, by the Saint Nicholas Society on his retirement as President of the organization. The Society was established in 1835 by Washington Irving, to promote the preservation of the memory of the first Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam. The name was chosen to commemorate Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of the Dutch. Its members met for an annual ceremonial banquet each December.
Gift of Constance Schermerhorn Skillin
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