Sterling silver oval bowl handmade in the Arts & Crafts style, but the beginnings of the Art Deco style can be seen in it as well. The timing of these two periods did overlap. This bowl was handmade by the Lebkuecher & Co. of Newark, New Jersey and carries the Lebkuecher & Co. logo, a crescent with the letter "L" inside it on the bottom of the bowl.
The body of this oval bowl is hand raised with lip or rim around the top edge. There are six applied and engraved straps, three on each side of the bowl and medallions of concentric circles in between the straps. On each "end" of the oval bowl are circles that mimic the medallions that has been engraved with initials of presumably the original owner. The bowl sits on four pad feet. The bowl is approximately 6 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches tall. The bowl has the wonderful "silky" feel in the hand of hand raised silver.
The bowl also has the retailer's mark of F. Walter Lawerence Inc. of NYC. Lawrence is known to have made pieces of their own as well. Since this bowl is clearly marked with the Lebkruecher mark, Lebkruecher made the bowl and Lawrence was the retailer of this bowl. According to an article by Janet Zapata in the Magazine Antiques, Lawrence pieces that have a five digit number on them that starts with a zero were made for Lawrence by Lebkruecher. This bowl is marked with such a number "03006" and is also marked sterling.
Sterling Silver Handmade Art Deco Arts & Crafts Bowl