Child's circular plate with eight Nouveau-style overlays on the everted rim alternating between front and back views of a girl in bonnet seated within a tulip-shaped arrangement of leaves atop a knotty trunk and holding the S-curved stem of a blooming flower. Engraved inscription across the shallow, flat well for "Elsie. / April 9\th (double underlined) / 1904. / From / Grandma M\c/Vitty." No foot ring. Well underside is struck incuse at top "Athenic" in gothic or Old English letters above Gorham trademark (lion passant facing right in clipped-corner square, anchor in shield, and gothic or Old English "G" in clipped-corner square), "STERLING" and "A2681"; and at bottom with an arched stamp for "THE BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE (arched) / COMPANY (straight)" enclosing "925 / 1000". Part of child's bowl and plate set, 1988.0762.02A-B.
Maker is Gorham Manufacturing Co. of Providence, RI, 1831-present. Retailed by Bailey, Banks & Biddle of Philadelphia, PA, 1832-present (originally Bailey & Kitchen, 1832-1841; Bailey & Co., 1851-1878; Bailey, Banks & Biddle, 1878-present).
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Object Name
date made
ca 1904
inscribed date
associated date
Gorham Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in; 1.27 cm x 19.685 cm
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
place retailed
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Elsie Howland Quinby in memory of Mrs. Duncan Cameron (through Woodson P. Houghton, Dr. Richard H. Howland, and Donald Lewis Wright)
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