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Spun circular child's bowl with six Nouveau-style overlays 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 on side for "Elsie. / April 9\th (double underlined) / 1904. / From / Grandma M\c/Vitty." No foot ring. Underside of flat bottom is struck incuse "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", "A2680", and "BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE CO". Underside scuffed along edge. 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).
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1904
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associated date
Gorham Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
place retailed
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 13.335 cm
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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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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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