950 Early American Silver Centerpiece Bowl by Ball and Black
Ornate 950 silver centerpiece bowl with sheath of wheat handles, in early American style by Ball and Black from the mid-19th century. Weight is 37.1 ozt. The overall length with the handles is 12''. Diameter of the bowl itself is 9''. Height is 5 1/2''. Bearing hallmarks as shown.
Successors to Marquand & Co, Ball, Tompkins & Black retailed silver in New York from the early 19th century onward. While their original store was at Broadway 247, they relocated in the 1860s to be across the street from their rival Tiffany. Tompkins left the company in 1851 and it continued to operate under the name of Ball & Black until 1876 when it participated in the creation of Black, Starr & Frost.
Most silver pieces are at the time were produced in coin (900) silver. However, the more expensive items, like this one, were produced in 950 silver which had a higher silver purity level (95% instead of 90%).
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