Rococo style, repousse and chased, pear-shaped caster on pedestal base with circular, molded foot featuring a triangular reserve on its belly engraved "SP" in conjoined foliate script. High-domed, friction-fit, perforated cover is topped by a compressed-ball finial. C scrolls, flowers, and diaper patterns encircle body and edges of cover and foot. Underside of rounded bottom struck with two concentric circles at center, "W. G. & [S.]" in rectangle above, and combined mark of "[G] / & / S" in an oval over a circle over "1 / 5 2 / 8" in a diamond or lozenge below, all in raised serif letters.
Maker is William Gale & Son (William Gale Sr. and Jr.) of New York, NY; in partnership, 1853-1866.
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 5.8 cm; 5 7/8 in x 2 5/16 in
overall: 6 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 5.3975 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wallace Dunn, Jr.
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