Nut Bowl

Nut Bowl

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Figural nut bowl or dish in the form of an acorn on an oak leaf with a forward-curved, arched, double-wire handle that has cast oak leaves applied to its bow; nut interior is gilt-washed. Three-knuckle hinge connecting nut and cup of scales has a removable pin secured to the cup by a small chain. Pins extending from the nut's sides slide inside the handle; pushing the handle back opens the nut. A triangular plate applied to the underside of the base is struck with five marks, an incuse circle containing a hammer-in-hand emblem bordered by "E.G.WEBSTER & BRO. / N.Y." in sans serif letters, "QUADRUPLE PLATE" arched above that, "HARD WHITE METAL" curved below, and the number "2" and "PAT. APPLIED FOR" along the bottom edge.
Maker is E.G. Webster & Bros. of Brooklyn, NY; 1873-1886. Successor firm of Webster Mfg. Co. (establshed 1859) and succeeded by E.G. Webster & Son, which was acquired by International Silver Co. in 1928 and consolidated into Webster-Wilcox in 1961.
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Object Name
bowl, nut
date made
ca 1885
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
gold (gilt-washed interior material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 6 1/8 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 15.5575 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.89 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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