23 May 2006
A SILVER TAZZA
MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1863-1865
Circular, on circular pedestal foot with dentil border, the bowl chased with flower heads alternating with cartouches of putti hunting, warming by a fire, holding a bird's nest and floral garland representing the four seasons, with two leaf-clad bifurcated handles, the foot engraved Phebe F. Woodruff, marked under base
15½ in. long; 29 oz.
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According to Gorham scholar Sam Hough, this cake tazza or stand was first produced in 1860, requiring approximately 43 hours of labor at a factory cost of $68.68.
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