Francis W. Cooper Antique Coin Silver Gravy Boat, New York City, 1863
This is a rare and beautiful large gravy boat. The inverted helmet shaped body, with its tall, graceful spout, has a Greek key applied band around its rim. A complimentary, larger band is used around the bottom of the oval, pedestal base and a smaller version is used to cover the join of the base to the body.
A scroll handle is applied and decorated with a leaf thumb-piece.
One side is engraved 'MCR/ from/ 'GWEVB/ May 5th 1863'.
Francis W. Cooper was the preeminent American maker of ecclesiastical silver during the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Important pieces by him can be found in churches, cathedrals and museums. His domestic silver is rarely seen.
This beautiful gravy boat is marked underneath 'F.W. COOPER 131 AMITY St. N.Y'. It measures 8.5 inches long across the handle and spout by 6.25 inches high, weighs 10 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.