A fabulous decorative piece, probably Italian; hand-hammered silver on copper holy water font. We are dating this item to the 1890s, but it could be earlier. Diameter 6 ½ inches. Height 5 inches to rolled-under rim. Metal spigot with bell on handles. High, spoon-shaped back 7 inches by 8 ½ inches with gadrooned and beaded edge. Center has embossed sacred monogram. Total height 13 inches. Homemade mount on back. Condition: leaks at spigot and numerous repairs do not detract from the decorative appeal of this item.
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