• Important American Silver Incl auction at Christies

    Sale 2413

    Important American Silver Including Magnificent Tiffany

    20 January 2011, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 36

    A MARTELE SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE**

    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1905

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    A MARTELE SILVER FIVE-PIECE TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE**
    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1905
    Comprising a coffee pot, teapot, cream jug, covered sugar bowl, and waste bowl, each on shaped circular base, the body with chased floral decoration, one side engraved with monogram WCN, the domed covers with baluster finials, the coffee pot and teapot with ivory insulators, the coffee pot engraved under base Willis Cecil Nield June 20, 1910; each marked under base, also marked H/WY
    The coffee pot 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high; 113 oz. 10 dwt. (3,535 gr.) gross weight (5)


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    According to Larry Pristo in Martele: Gorham's Art Nouveau Silver, 2002, this service, which included a kettle, was chased by William E. Jordan for 292 hours for a net cost of $820.

    Willis Cecil Nield graduated from Harvard in 1895. He married Shirley Everton Johnson in Louisville, Kentucky on June 8, 1904.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Heritage Auction Gallery, Dallas, 21-22 May 2004, lot 18745


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF AN OHIO ESTATE