3109
3109
An American Silver Iced Water Pitcher Presented To Andrew Carnegie, Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia, circa 1865
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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3109
An American Silver Iced Water Pitcher Presented To Andrew Carnegie, Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia, circa 1865
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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An American Silver Iced Water Pitcher Presented To Andrew Carnegie, Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia, circa 1865
the tapered octagonal body with beaded borders, one side applied with a figure of Liberty and the other a spray of thistles, flanked by floral strapwork enclosing reeds, the spout and handle both applied with pendant thistles, hinged cover with swan finial, the front with presentation inscription
marked on base
height 11 1/2 in.
29.2cm
100oz 10dwt
3126g
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Provenance

Sold Sotheby's, New York, 27-28 June 1990

Catalogue Note

The presentation inscription reads "To A. Carnegie by the Employees of Pittsburg Division Penna. Central R.R. April 1865"

Andrew Carnegie, born in Dumfermline, Scotland in 1835, came to Pittsburgh in 1845, and started his career at twelve by attending a small stationary engine.  He switched to being a telegraph messenger and later an operator with the Altantic and Ohio Co. and was one of the first to read telegraphic signals by sound.  He joined the Pittsburgh Division of the Pennsylvania Railrod as clerk to the superintendant and manager of the telegraph lines.  There he met Mr. Woodruff, inventor of the sleeping car, recognized its merit and promoted its use.  This gave him the nucleus of his wealth.  He was promoted superintendant of the Pittsburgh divison of the Pennsylvania Rairoad, and, as is well known went on to contract the largest iron and steel industries in the world as well as mines and eighteen newspapers.  He is remembered also for his outstanding philanthropy. 

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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