William Forbes for Ball, Tompkins and Black Antique Coin Silver Cup & Saucer , NYC, New York, c. 1853
This is a rare and stunning cup with its original plate. One of the hardest shapes for silversmiths to execute are panels, and this cup is a brilliant display of skill with seamless creases executed on a curve. It has an applied handle with an applied-leaf thumbpiece and an applied border with a complimentary, stepped base. The engraving on all the panels is lovely, and the front reserve is engraved:
Louis Schmeltzer to Mrs. Maxwell April 1853
The plate is also stunning, and given their age, it is amazing they are still together.
Provenance: Private Collection.
Both pieces are struck twice with 'W.F' along with eagle pseudo-hallmarks. They are also marked 'BALL, TOMPKINS & BLACK/ SUCCESSORS TO/ MARQUAND & CO/ NEW YORK.' The cup measures 5 inches long across the body and handle, by 2.5 inches high, and the underplate measures 6 inches wide. They are both in excellent condition and have a combined weight of 10.05 troy ounces.
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