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Baptismal bowl

Object Number: 
1969.31
Date: 
ca. 1809
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. ( 11.7 x 17.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 12 oz (troy) 4 dwt (379 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on band: "Gift of DAVID & MARIA GRIM Grand Parents of MARIA ISABELLA daughter of PHILIP & ELIZABETH GRIM Born the 3d. day of Nov.r 1808 Baptized the 8 th. day of Jan. y 1809 The sponsors were Mary Grim David J M Lydig" bold in roman letters, r
Description: 
Wrought silver baptismal bowl; deep, circular bowl-shaped body on a circular molded and stepped pedestal; stepped, convex band around the body, below the plain, applied rim; band engraved in script, "Gift of DAVID & MARIA GRIM Grand Parents of MARIA ISABELLA daughter of PHILIP & ELIZABETH GRIM Born the 3d. day of Nov.r 1808 Baptized the 8 th. day of Jan. y 1809 The sponsors were Mary Grim David & M.a Lydig"; wheel turned decoration above and below the band; front center engraved with a foliate oval with the Grim family crest, a unicorn's head, in the center; opposite side in a foliate oval, "D M G" in bright-cut script; maker's mark on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This bowl was used to administer the holy sacrament of baptism to two-month-old Maria Isabella Grim (1808-1890) on January 8, 1809. According to a handwritten note in the Grim family Bible, the baptism was performed by Bishop Benjamin Moore (1748-1816), the rector of New York City's Trinity Church. The prominent band of engraving encircling the bowl identifies it as a christening gift from Maria Isabella's grandparents David (1737-1826) and Mary Grim.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Constance Schermerhorn Skillin
Provenance: 
Presented to Maria Isabella Grim (1808-1890), who married George Stevens Schermerhorn (1807-1885); to their son Charles Augustus Schermerhorn (1839-1914), who married Louise Schermerhorn (1849-1924); to their daughter E. Constance Schermerhorn (Mrs. J. Harper Skillin, 1886-1981), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group