Large, raised, tulip-shaped, standing cup encircled by chased and repousse flowers, leaves, and C-scrolls framing areas of diaper and squiggle patterning; scrolls at front form a reserve inscribed in engraved script "Presented / to / Franklin Peale / By the / Ladies of the U.S. Mint / Dec\r/. 25\th/.. 1851". Tall, cylindrical stem with astragal knop and domed circular foot wreathed by flowers. Die-rolled decorative band of foliage at rim and in a Greek key pattern at foot. Gilt wash on upper half of interior. Inside of foot ring possibly struck "W. WILSON" over "[R&W.WILS]ON", both in raised serif letters in rectangles.
It has been suggested William Wilson (Philadelphia, PA; d. after 1858) deliberately overstruck this piece to indicate it was made after his brother Robert either left the partnership or died, circa 1846. William ran the firm alone until 1858 when it became William Wilson & Son.
Currently not on view
Object Name
presentation piece
date made
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (gilt wash on interior material)
overall: 8 in x 3 11/16 in; 20.32 cm x 9.398 cm
overall: 8 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
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
Gift of Mrs. Philip Plowden
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