This wonderful American sterling child's mug is shaped as a barrel. The grain of the wood is expertly simulated, and fasteners on the staves can be seen. In addition, there is gilt on both the inside and outside. On the outside, the staves and fasteners were left silver, while the "wood" is gilded. A defined section of the center "wood" band was also left silver, so that a name or monogram can be added. The entire interior has been gilded, with the ;exception of a portion of the middle section of the mug; this section is not gilded so that a monogram , name or inscription could be added. The mug or cup was made by Tiffany in their early days, as can be determined from the marks. The pattern number, 4454, was first produced by Tiffany in 1879. The script "M", for the President of Tiffany, Edward Moore, was used from 1873-1891. Note that the silver content is indicated by 925-1000 rather than the word sterling, since this was the transition period in America between coin silver and the sterling standard. The mug is 3.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches across the opening. The distance across, including the handle, is 4 inches. The weigh is 7.3 ounces on a postal scale, so it is quite heavy. The mug is in beautiful condition. There is no name or monogram on the mug. This mug comes from our personal collection of sterling mugs for children amassed over 40 years. Please see our other sterling mugs.