Mt. Vernon Sterling Silver Early 20th Century Compote Centerpiece Dish
Mount Vernon, sterling silver compote centerpiece, made between 1913 and 1923, with an ornate, gadrooned rim depicting garlands of flowers and decorative motifs in cartouches. It measures 10 1/2'' in diameter by 4'' in height, weighs 22.5 troy ounces, and bears hallmarks as shown.
Mount Vernon Co was formed in 1913 through the merging Hayes & McFarland, The Mauser Mfg Company, and Roger Williams Silver Company. It was bought by Gorham in 1920 and continued to produce silver under the Mount Vernon name until 1923. Roger Williams Silver Co. was a Providence-based silver company active at the beginning of the 20th century, which was a successor to Howard.
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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