This magnificent Tiffany sterling silver centerpiece bowl was created by silversmith John Moore between 1860 & 1865. The design of the bowl is a low sweeping style that leads up to two wonderful ornaments, one on each handle. The ornaments are of cray fish coming out of the handles and holding the rim of the bowl. There is a beaded edge on the top of the bowl and a beaded edge on the base.
There are two superb engravings on the bowl, one on each side. One is that of a steam powered square rigged sailing ship and the company name "Novelty Iron Works NY" along with the year that the company was established, 1829, and the year it was incorporated 1855. This company has a place in American history in that it was this company the manufactured steam powered iron clad fighting ships for the Union navy during the civil war.
The other engraving is dated "December 25, 1866" and states "James Brown To James Muncaster Brown". The Brown family owned the Novelty Iron Works.
This rare, exquisite piece combines both beauty and history and would be a wonderful addition for any collector of Tiffany silver.
Length: 17 1/2"
Height: 5 1/4"
Weight: 41.9 Troy oz.
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