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John C. Moore Antique Coin Silver Gothic Sugar Bowl, NYC, NY, c. 1846-51

The octagonal body has flat panels flanked with applied columns rising from the stepped base to the upper ledge. The crenelated rim is a stunning design element that holds the domed cover.

All of the panels are finely chased, with beautiful columns rising to connecting arches. One panel is engraved with an original 'SEH' monogram, while the opposite side has never been engraved. Four of the panels display wonderful, romanticized scenes with various castles and a home in the countryside.

Twisted branches are realistically detailed to create the bold handles. The removable cover is shaped with a platform, octagonal sides with chased gothic arches, and a domed roof chased with quatrefoils surmounted with a chased finial.

American Gothic silver is extremely rare, and this stunning example also features the decoration from a medieval fortress. The heavy gauge silver is impressive. This sugar bowl was part of a tea service; the only other known extant piece, the teapot, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (see here).

When one finds such rare, exquisite items from the shop of John C. Moore, it is no wonder that Charles Tiffany sought him out to sell exclusively through Tiffany. Moore and his son, Edward C., came to an agreement with Tiffany in 1851, and the rest is history.

This magnificent sugar bowl is marked underneath with John C. Moore's mark of an "M" between a star and an anchor. It is also marked "J&I COX" for John & James Cox, jewelers and silver retailers in New York City. Measuring 8 inches across the handles by 7 inches tall, this extremely rare piece weighs an impressive 26.00 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.