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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 07-26-2010 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This baby kept me guessing for a while. The Japanese "cracked ice" motif had me thinking ice bucket, but then I realized it was a covered punch bowl--which the garland of grapevines might have suggested.

This is Whiting, and as grand a piece by that firm as I've ever seen. It was part of what must have been a large service, given to a leather manufacturer named Halsey in Newark in 1873--the gift of his Hudson County NJ cronies at his retirement after two terms as a Congressman in DC. There was also a large tea and coffee service, of which the Newark Museum owns the coffeepot, the tea urn and the tray (which has an image of the U. S. Capitol engraved on it). Does anyone know of other covered punch bowls of any type from the 19th century in American silver? It measures 15"H x 16"W by 11.5 diameter.

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This is a punch set commissioned of Fletcher & Gardiner by a group of citizens of Baltimore for presentation to Lt. Colonel George Armistead for his defense of Fort McHenry in 1814.

It is unusual as it was a joint project -- the cups and ladle were contracted out to Andrew W. Warner and the bowl, made by Gardiner, was designed by George Bridport, an English artist working in Philadelphia.

The unusual form is explained in the inscription ". . . during the bombardment of a large British Force / . . . / when upwards of 1500 shells were thrown / . . . / some of them of the diameter of this / VASE"

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Great comparison! The Germans regularly used covered punch bowls well into the 20th century (great art deco pottery examples) but I don't know of many such forms in US silver. Any more out there?

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