Cake Tray

Oblong, boat-shaped tray with piercework border and applied beaded rim on four ball feet. Four incuse marks on underside are struck one at each side and end, all facing inward, "MOORE & LEDING" over "STERLING", "925/1000", calligraphy letters "H" and "L" separated by a raised four-leaf clover, and "854"; "718X" is scratched below quality mark.
Maker is Howard Sterling Company of Providence, RI; in business, 1891-1902. Successor firm to H. Howard & Co., 1878-1884, and Howard & Son, 1884-1891. Both produced only electroplated wares until 1886, when Howard & Son began making sterling silverware. The electroplate division was sold in 1891 and the firm renamed itself Howard Sterling Company.
Retailed by Moore & Leding, jewelers and silversmiths, of Washington, DC; in business, 1881-1899. Firm also designed souvenir spoons made for them by Gorham.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1891 - 1899
date sold
1891 - 1899
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 26.1 cm x 10.9 cm; 10 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 26.035 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
place retailed
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Kate Session Marsh
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