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Bouquet holder in box

Object Number: 
1944.88ab
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Silver, ivory, leather
Dimensions: 
Box: 7 in. ( 17.8 cm ) Overall (bouquet holder): 6 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (16.2 x 4.4 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: on box: "M. M. S."
Description: 
Cast and wrought gilt-silver bouquet holder with an ivory handle; funnel-shaped holder formed from eight cut work four-leaf clovers with diamond and flower patterns in the centers around the top, over eight wrought oval lobes with flowers in the centers; holder is applied to an eight-sided urn-shaped center section decorated with chased flowers; cylindrical handle covered with an ivory tube decorated with a carved vine of flowers; engraved knop finial applied to the base of the handle; four prongs to hold the flowers are inserted in the center of the holder; black leather rectangular box marked in gold, "M. M. S.".
Gallery Label: 
This bouquet holder was probably used during the wedding of Margaret Antoinette Morris to John Austin Stevens Jr. in 1852.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John B. Morris, Jr.
Provenance: 
Margaret Antoinette Morris (b.1830), who married John Austin Stevens Jr. (b. 1827); to her brother John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group