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PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA COLLECTION

AN AMERICAN SILVER PUNCH BOWL AND LADLE, GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, RI, RETAILED BY STARR & MARCUS, NY, 1871
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA COLLECTION

AN AMERICAN SILVER PUNCH BOWL AND LADLE, GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, RI, RETAILED BY STARR & MARCUS, NY, 1871
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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AN AMERICAN SILVER PUNCH BOWL AND LADLE, GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, RI, RETAILED BY STARR & MARCUS, NY, 1871
the base with lions and four scroll feet headed by lion masks, the bowl monogrammed HM and applied at the shoulders with two fully-modeled Bacchic figures with musical instruments, grapevine handles and matching ladle with leaf-form bowl and lion-head terminal. Together with a cane with gold handle, the top monogrammed LWM and engraved at midband Buen Amigo de Nicaragua, 3 pieces
marked on bases
length over handles 21 in.
53.3 cm
178 oz
5536 g
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Catalogue Note

The initials are those of Henry Meiggs (1811-1877), Gilded Age entrepreneur and industrialist.  He made a first fortune selling lumber in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, then turned to real estate.  Meigg’s Wharf covered part of the area now occupied by Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Pier 45.  Becoming overextended, he issued fraudulent warrants on the city’s Street Fund, then fled California for Chile in 1854.  He became a successful railroad builder there and in adjoining South American countries, paid back his San Francisco debts, and constructed a mansion in Santiago.  He expanded to Peru in the mid 1860s where, known as “Don Enrique”, he became virtual dictator of the country, dying there in 1877.

Per the Gorham costing records, there were four examples of this punch bowl, model #80, made: in 1870, 1871, 1872, and 1873. The present example from 1871 had a retail price of $430.

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