James W. Tuft's, Kate Greenway character toothpick or Hors d'oeuvres pick urn holder featuring a very detail dressed Ms. Greenway's Victorian young woman with an urn on a pedestal in excellent hand polished condition, with only very minor evidence it was ever used (a few tiny specks of tarnish in the bottom of the actual holder). His amazing attention to detail and care for the authenticity to Ms. Greenway's characters surely must have played a role in this series' popularity in late 1800's when her books were so popular. ( Did you know many of her books are being reprinted with multinational cooperation.) This piece is marked on the bottom, James W. Tufts, Boston, Warranted, Quadruple Plated in a circle with a 4 pointed star, in the center of which is a 'T', Its model number or catalogue number is 3404 beneath the logo. The '0' here when looked at closely appears to look like a 'C', the 'C' appears to be a partially struck zero as that is what is seen on others of this model. Other Tufts pieces have been seen partially struck zero. It is 5 inches at its tallest point and the base spread is 4 7/8 inches by 2 3/4 inches at the tips of the feet or the platform span is 3 inches by 2 inches; the diameter across the opening of the holder is 1 13/16 inches. This piece would be lovely on your canape tray holding picks wooden or fancy frilled for the hors d'oeuvres at a party or holiday buffet performing a similar function; we've also seen it used to display jewelry stickpins.
James Walker Tufts (1835 – 1902) the designer and producer of this beautiful piece was a well known silversmith, who if history bears truth, opened his business in Boston in 1875. He also founded the Arctic Soda Fountain Co., that eventually merged with several other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co. He had apprenticed at age of 16 to a drug store and rose to become a wealth business man, eventually after all the a fore mentioned accomplishments, he had the vision to build a "health resort for people of modest means" and with his own money purchased 500 acres initially and later 5500 acres more to build Pinehurst, NC (you know this city, of the famous resort and golf courses) from the ground up! Much more then a silversmith, I'd say. (K1473)
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