Tiffany and Co Aesthetic Movement Sterling 'Cricket Band' Table Bell, NYC, c. 1880
With a close look, one can see imagination and whimsy on display. The partial gilt figures are "Katy-Did" or bush crickets playing an assortment of instruments including a violin, a french horn, three other horns, an accordion, a tambourine, and a marching bass drum. Notice the pained look on the crickets face trying to manage the large drum! This extraordinary acid-etched decoration is executed against a beautiful hammered body. The shaped handle has an applied fly applied on the side of the top.
Charles Grosjean sketch of part of the "Katy-Did" or bush cricket band. Courtesy Gorham Mfg. Co. Archives, John Hay Library, Brown University.
A design and technical book by Tiffany silversmith and designer Charles Grosjean includes a sketch of some of the band members. An accompanying note mentions how successful the design was on the cigarette case made for a Russian Prince. (1)
This stunning bell is marked 'TIFFANY & Co/ STERLING/ 5856 M 6854.' It measures just over 2.5 inches wide by 3.75 inches high, weighs 6 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with its original clapper, and some wear to the original gilding.
Charles Grosjean, Ledger (Technical Book of Descriptions of Processes and Metallurgy), Gorham Mfg. Co. Archives, John Hay Library, Brown University, p. 322.