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Gorham Antique Coin Silver Covered Sugar Bowl, Providence, RI, 1859 of Rhode Island historical interest


This large and unusual sugar bowl is quite stunning and exhibits great quality design. The swing handle is decorated with bold, ball decoration which is also used around the top fluted edge of the body. One also sees this same decoration on the famous Mary Todd Lincoln 'Chicken-leg' tea set.

The removable cover has a large ball finial above a lobed dome above the decorated area which incorporates an engine-turned surface and four reserves. Two of the reserves are blank while the other two are engraved with a man fishing and a scene of a man with a fishing pole watching two sailboats. The fineness of the engraving is lovely.

The large egg-shaped body is covered in stunning engine-turned engraving which produces very intricate and fine decoration. There are beautifully hand-engraved shields on each of the sides. One is 'C.R.G. to' and the other is 'S.A.B'.

The tall feet are ornamented with leaves where they attach to the body and terminate with scroll feet.

The underside is engraved Sophia August Brown from Charlotte R. Goddard June 23, 1859.

This beautiful sugar bowl was a wedding gift from Charlotte Goddard to Sophia Augusta (née Browne) Brown. Rhode Island names do not get much more historic than this.

Charlotte Rhoda Ives married William Giles Goddard who built the famous William Goddard house in Providence, RI, now the Brown University Alumni Center.

On June 23, 1859, Sophia Augusta Browne married John Carter Brown, son of merchant and Brown University founder Nicholas Brown. John Brown was a parner in the important mercantile firm of Brown & Ives'.1 In 1885, their only child, daughter Sophia Augusta Brown, married William Watts Sherman and lived in the important William Watts Sherman House.

This rare coin silver sugar is marked underneath with Gorham's trademark, '50' and 'COIN' It is also engraved 'F17'. The sugar bowl measures 7 inches high (8 inches high to the top of the handle). It weighs 14.40 troy ounces and is in very good/ excellent antique condition, retaining its original interior gilding.

Endnote:

  1. Proceedings of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Standard Printing Company, RI, 1893.
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