Marshall Field (1834-1906) founder of Marshall Field's department stores is considered to be one of the greatest retailers of all time. He virtually created the modern department store, and he played a large role in Chicago's transformation from a small town to a major city. Field was one of the great American self-made millionaires of the nineteenth century.
This fabulous set of 5 sterling silver individual nut cups were commission by the company for sale in their up-scale department stores. The oval-shape cups produced in the repousse silversmith method, portray on either side a cherub with flute serenading another, while at each end are three floral blossoms. All the figures are encircled and intertwined among flowing scrolls and geometric designs. The cups measure 3" in length, 2 1/4" in width and 1/2" in depth. The total weight of the set of 5 is 210 grams or 7.4 ounces. They are each stamped "Marshall Field & Co. - Sterling - 5117". They are accompanied by their own felt bag with 'Marshall Field & Company' label. Near mint condition; nice patina. Great items, great pattern, from a legendary store.