Cigarette Box

Cigarette Box

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Description
Cylindrical, repousse chased container with a rounded-edge, friction-fit cover having an empty boss or domed C-scroll reserve at center. Rococo-style leafy volutes and flowers envelop body and cover. Underside of flat bottom is struck with three, small incuse marks around edge, "STERLING", a five-petal stemmed flower with script "D" crowned by a fleur-de-lis motif, and "SPAULDING & CO." Cover not marked.
Made for Spaulding & Co. of Chicago, IL (in business, 1888-1973) by William B. Durgin Co. of Concord, NH, and Providence, RI (in business, 1853-1931; purchased by Gorham in 1924). Started as Spaulding & Co. by Henry Abiram Spaulding as a successor firm to S. Hoard & Co.; purchased by Gorham and named changed to Spaulding-Gorham Inc., 1920-1943; named changed back to Spaulding & Co. following its purchase by Gordon Lang. Also operated a Paris branch (catering to an American clientele) in the early 20th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
box
date sold
1888 - ca 1920
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Concord
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
place retailed
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in; 10.795 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
DL.61.0308
catalog number
61.0308
accession number
200122
Credit Line
Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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