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Oyster tureen

Oyster tureen
Oyster tureen
Title
Oyster tureen
Date 
1863
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 12 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. ( 31.1 x 32.4 x 23.5 cm ) Silver Weight: 53 oz (troy) 19 dwt (1678 g)
Description 
Wrought and cast silver covered bowl; deep bowl shaped body with an applied egg and trefoil dart band below the plain rim; seated on a circular splayed pedestal with a molded bead band around the joint and around the edge of the foot; two cast, reeded strap handles crimped in the center with a beaded ring and arrow heads applied to each side of the body with cast ram's head joints; stepped and domed lid with a molded beaded band around the center; cast helmet finial screwed through the center of the lid; engraved on the front center, "PRESENTED/ to/ Judge Advocate General/ William Henry Anthon./ BY THE/ Commissioners and Surgeons of Drafting/ in the/ CITY of NEW YORK./ AS A/ Testimonial/ of their appreciation of the eminent ability and unswerving/ integrity with which the proceeding preparatory to the draft were conducted./ Dated New York, April 1863./ Maj.r Gen. C. W. Sandford/ Maj.r Gen. H. T. Kiersted../ Brig. Gen. Wm. Hall....../ P. B. Mauran . M.D......./ R. A. McCurdy. EsqE...../ COMMITTEE" in multiple scripts; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line 
Gift of Stuyvesant Fish
Object Number 
1946.94ab
Marks 
engraved: front center: "PRESENTED/ to/ Judge Advocate General/ William Henry Anthon./ BY THE/ Commissioners and Surgeons of Drafting/ in the/ CITY of NEW YORK./ AS A/ Testimonial/ of their appreciation of the eminent ability and unswerving/ integrity with which the proceeding preparatory to the draft were conducted./ Dated New York, April 1863./ Maj.r Gen. C. W. Sandford/ Maj.r Gen. H. T. Kiersted../ Brig. Gen. Wm. Hall....../ P. B. Mauran . M.D......./ R. A. McCurdy. EsqE...../ COMMITTEE" in multiple scripts stamped: on the base: "TIFFANY & CO." in a banner over "919" over ENGLISH STERLING/ 925-1000" in a conforming rectangle over "7919" over "550 BROADWAY" in a banner, and "M" in oval on either side of mark.
Gallery Label 
This tureen, typical of Tiffany silver of the 1850s and 1860s, is minimally decorated with Neoclassical ornament: egg-and-dart and beaded borders, vine handles with sculpted ram terminals, and a cast helmet finial. The concentric striations visible on the tureen's foot suggest that it was manufactured by spinning, a mechanical process used in the United States from the 1830s to shape rounded hollowware components. The "M" mark, part of the lengthy mark struck on the tureen's underside, specifies that the tureen was produced by the shop of Edward C. Moore. This tureen was presented to William Henry Anthon (1827-1875), a prominent New York lawyer who was appointed Judge Advocate General in 1863, in recognition of his preparations for the city's Civil War draft.
Provenance 
William Henry Anthon (1827-1875), who married Sarah Atwood Meert (1829-1911); probably to their daughter Marion Anthon Graves (1853-1915), who married Stuyvesant Fish, Sr. (1851-1923); to their son Stuyvesant Fish, Jr. (1883-1952), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group