MANHATTAN ATHLETIC CLUB: AN AMERICAN SILVER PUNCH BOWL, GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, RI, 1890
with applied shell and foliate rim, one side applied with enameled symbol and engraved with presentation inscription "Presented to/ George W. Carr,/ by a number of fellow members of/ the Manhattan Athletic Club/ at the banquet given by them/ in honor of the Building Committee of the New Club House,/ in recognition of his indefatigable services to the successful completion./ Delmonicos. December 27, 1890."
marked on base and numbered 1989
diameter 12 1/2 in.
George Washington Carr (1850-1925) was born in Newport, RI, and graduated from Brown and Columbia Law School, later helping with the prosecution of Boss Tweed. He was one of the founders and the first President of the Manhattan Athletic Club, described as "one of the most popular men in New York who take an interest in amateur or professional sporting affairs". The new 1890 club building, at Madison and 45th, included one of the largest gymnasiums in the world, but heavy debts caused the original club to be dissolved in 1893.