Shreve & Co 'Fourteenth Century' Sterling Silver Covered Tankard, San Francisco, c. 1909
One of Shreve & Co's most famous designs is XIV Century. It is a stunning creation of arts & crafts with medieval inspired design elements which was used to make both flatware and holloware.
This covered tankard is a very rare form in arts and crafts silver and the only one by Shreve & Co that we have ever seen. It features a beautiful c-scroll handle with a lovely hinged lid with large thumb piece and a tapered body.
One of Shreve & Co's most famous designs is XIV Century. It is a stunning creation of arts & crafts with medieval inspired design elements. The bottom edge of the base and the top of the body have applied straps. The medieval strap work has a hammered texture and terminals with rivets. A circular strap of this design is also applied to the domed cover.
The engraved monogram and date 'RWS/ JUNE 2nd 1909' on the front is beautifully designed and executed. It incorporates engraved circles to mimic the rivets as if the monogram is applied.
Shreve & Co. was one of the most important California silversmithing firms, and is still San Francisco's preeminent jeweler. They are known for their unique designs and high quality special-order craftsmanship. During 1880's they created some of their most inspired designs.
This exquisite tankard is marked 'SHREVE & CO/ SAN FRANCISCO/ STERLING'. It is also stamped '2 1/4 PINTS'. It measures 6.5 inches wide across the handle and base by 7.25 inches high, retains its lovely gilding to the interior, weighs 19.85 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.
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