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Sugar bowl with lid

Object Number: 
1976.55cd
Date: 
1859-1860
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 7/8 x 8 x 6 in. ( 20 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in reserves: "T M & M S B" in script Mark: stamped on base: "W. GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/ G/ &/ S" over "925 STERLING"
Description: 
Wrought (possibly spun) sugar bowl with lid; circular wide-bellied form with a narrow applied neck and narrow base; flat bottomed; cast c-scrolls, s-scrolls, and fleur-de-lis applied to the shoulder and neck rims; four applied feet cast as trefoils with cast c-scrolls forming the rest of the rim around the base; high, domed lid with an acanthus-torch finial; two hollow, cast silver c-scroll handles partly covered by acanthus leaves; chased, repousséd and engraved decoration covers the body and lid with floral garlands beneath waved and scrolled swags; initials, "T M & M S B" engraved in the front reserve in script; maker's mark on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This sugar bowl with lid was made for Thomas Marston Beare (1806-1869) and his wife Mary Saltonstall Beare (1807-1869), whose initials it bears. The same rim decoration can be found on an ewer in the collection of Winterthur (61.964).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Andrew Oliver
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group