Compotier

Compotier
Compotier
Title
Compotier
Date 
1939
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 14.6 x 14 cm ) Silver Weight: 5 oz (troy) 14 dwt (177 g)
Description 
Silver presentation compotier; circular spun bowl with a rounded lip set on a high footed stem; weighted; engraved in the bowl, "THE BLIZZARD MEN OF 1888/ BEST STORY OF THE GREAT BLIZZARD/ AWARDED TO/ LENA CADWALADER EVANS/ AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON/ NEW YORK/ 1939."
Credit Line 
Gift of Lena Cadwalader Evans
Object Number 
1939.196
Marks 
engraved: in bowl: "THE BLIZZARD MEN OF 1888/ BEST STORY OF THE GREAT BLIZZARD/ AWARDED TO/ LENA CADWALADER EVANS/ AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON/ NEW YORK/ 1939" struck: on base: "STERLING/ MFH/ WEIGHTED" and pattern number 857
Gallery Label 
This compotier was awarded to Lena Cadwalader Evans (1873-1955) by the Blizzard Men of 1888 for the poignant recounting of her girlhood experience during the infamous blizzard of 1888, a blinding snowstorm with powerful gales that paralyzed the city for days. From 1929 until at least 1941, the club met each year around March 12, the storm's anniversary, to dine and reminisce about the storm. The program for the 1939 luncheon announced that a "handsome solid silver cup, suitably engraved" would be awarded for the "best authentic story of his or her experience" during the blizzard, an annual tradition since the club's founding ten years earlier.
Provenance 
Presented to Lena Cadwalader Evans (1873-1955), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group