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Antique Sterling Kerr Baby Cup, Saying Grace at Meals: Poem "A Thought" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This delightful American baby mug or cup from the late nineteenth century was made by William B. Kerr & Co. of Newark which later became part of Gorham. The company made outstanding sterling silver items, many for children, as this piece is. The cup is 2 5/8 inches tall and 3.5 inches across the opening, including the handle. The last picture shows the marks: the standard Kerr mark, the word STERLING, and the number 1484. The outstanding features of this cup are the vignettes showing the two children (a girl and a boy) and the poem, "A Thought" by Robert Louis Stevenson, underneath. It is not possible to show the entire poem in one picture, so here it is: "It is very nice to think the world is full of meat and drink. With little children saying grace in every Christian kind of place." In a center cartouche is the name of the owner, Dorothy Jean Tucker. Either Dorothy was very careful with her cup or was rarely allowed to use it, for there are none of the usual dents and signs of use one would expect. It is in remarkably fine condition. The piece is quite heavy, weighing 4.1 ounces on a postal scale. This cup or mug would make a beautiful heirloom gift.
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