A waiter featuring an identical merbaby and infant Triton border is illustrated in Charles H. Carpenter Jr., Gorham Silver 1831-1981, 1982, p. 70, and has been identified as being part of the Furber collection, and extensive service commissioned by Col. Henry J. Furber between 1873-89. The majority of the holloware in the 740-piece service was executed in High Victorian style, whereas the flatware was strictly Japanesque. Although the present lot lacks the monogram EIF (Elvira Irwine Furber), the similarity in decoration and design suggests that it may have been part of this elaborate service. Carpenter notes that the last time the Furber service was used was at a dinner party thrown in honor of actress Lillian Russell at the turn of the century. In 1949 Furber's son, Col. Henry J. Furber, sold 606 pieces of the service back to Gorham, including 132 pieces of holloware fitted into eighteen oak and walnut chests.