Gorham 1908 Sterling Silver Wine Chiller Punch Bowl Centerpiece
Monumental Gorham, sterling silver wine chiller or centerpiece bowl from 1908 with two handles decorated with a floral frieze across and bearing a dedicatory inscription to Seelye, the president of Smith College at the time. This impressive piece measures 18 1/2'' from handle to handle (14 1/4'' in diameter of the bowl) by 8'' in height, weighs 86 troy ounces, bears hallmarks as shown, and is sold in its original wood chest.
During the heyday of American silver manufacturing–approximately 1850 to 1940–Gorham was one of the most influential. The White House has used Gorham silver services during many administrations. Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House in 1859. Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the country's one-hundredth anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 oz (57,000 g) of sterling silver, and in 1899, it produced a grand "loving cup" composed of 70,000 dimes was designed for Admiral George Dewey. Colonel Henry Jewett Furber placed the largest single commission Gorham ever received for what became known as the famous Furber service. The opulent 740-piece service represents Victorian era dining at its most elaborate. The monumental silver and parcel-gilt "Neptune" epergne made for Furber as part of this service was displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Gorham artisans also sculpted the famous monument of George Washington in the Capitol's Rotunda.
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