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Sugar bowl with lid

Object Number: 
Overall: 7 x 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 21.6 x 10.8 cm ) Silver Weight: 16 oz (troy) 13 dwt (518 g)
engraved: in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Mark: stamped on base: "GALE & WILLIS/ NEW-YORK/ 925 STERLING"
Seamed silver sugar bowl with lid; curved and fluted ovoid body with a flat applied base and shoulder with a raised convex lip decorated with simple steel-roller die lines; all over steel roller-die cut engraving in geometric and floral patterns with a shield shaped reserve on each side; oval domed lid with an steel roller engraved border and an urn shaped finial; squared silver handles with steel roller-die engraving; "L S L H" engraved in the front shield-shaped reserve in gothic letters.
Gallery Label: 
This sugar bowl was part of a service owned by Lydia Smith Lawrence Horn (1835-1894), who came from a distinguished Long Island family. Inspired by the symmetry, straight lines, and bright-cut decoration of American Federal silver, this service is an example the Neoclassical revival. This six-piece tea and coffee service recalls English and American tea services of the 1790s to 1810s that were constructed from seamed silver sheet, then a new material. This service is manufactured primarily from thick-grade silver sheet. The decoration was achieved through a combination of machine and hand processes. The symmetrical designs were probably first stamped or impressed, while the intricate details were hand-engraved.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Sarah Lawrence Horn and Mary Thurston Horn
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group