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Finger bowl

Object Number: 
1975.12b
Date: 
1883
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. ( 6.4 x 14 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the base: "C C S" in foliate script stamped: on the base: "TIFFANY & Co/ 7818 M 7609/ STERLING-SILVER"
Description: 
Wrought silver finger bowl; circular, bowl-shaped body with flared side repoussé chased in high relief with birds perched among ferns and oak leaves; scalloped rim; gilt interior; lightly gadrooned footring; base engraved, "C C S" in foliate script; makers' marks on the base.
Gallery Label: 
These finger bowls were given to Caroline C. ("Daisy") Beard upon her marriage to John H. Schults, Jr. on December 3, 1890. The marriage united the families of two successful Brooklyn businessmen. Daisy's father, William Beard, prospered in street and railroad construction, while John's father, the German-born John H. Shults, Sr., was the proprietor of one of the largest bakeries in the world. The "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" commented on the wedding presents, including "a set of twelve solid silver finger bowls, which were exhibited at the Paris Exposition . . . It is doubtful if a more magnificent display of presents has ever been seen in Brooklyn."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Isabel Shults
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group