William Forbes for Ball, Tompkins and Black Antique Coin Silver Cup & Saucer , NYC, New York, c. 1853

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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
Mrs. Maxwell
April 1853

The plate is also stunning, and given their age, it is amazing they are still together.

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.