Overall: 3 3/8 x 5 3/4 in. ( 8.6 x 14.6 cm ) Silver Weight: 10 oz (troy) 2 dwt (314 g)
engraved: in shield-shaped reserve: "L S L H" Mark: stamped on base: "GALE & WILLIS/ NEW-YORK/ 925 STERLING"
Seamed silver waste bowl; curved and fluted round body with a flat applied base and moulded foot ring; all over steel roller-die cut engraving in geometric and floral patterns with a shield shaped reserve on each side; "L S L H" engraved in the front shield-shaped reserve in gothic letters.
This waste 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.
Gift of Sarah Lawrence Horn and Mary Thurston Horn
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