Pair Antique Victorian Civil War Coin Silver Mint Julep Cups by Baldwin & Co Newark New Jersey
Daring to the civil war era (C.1860 or so) may I offer this pair of coin silver mint julep cups by Baldwin & Co, Newark, New Jersey. The design to each beaker appears to be that of a bunch of grapes but since there is no "leaf" on any of the applied designs, it's hard to say if I am right in my assumption. No monogram to either beaker.
Condition: Well, to be honest, one beaker is better than the other so I had better describe each one individually. Let's start with the best one first.
...Beaker ONE (marked 3-86):
1. There is a test mark to the inside of the rim - not a big file mark but it is there.
2. There are shallow dimples to the outside - I count about 3.
3. The bottom rim is slightly out of round - not by much.
4. The piece needs a polish - I have not done one. Because of this, the seam is visible. Once polished, it will disappear.
...Beaker TWO (marked3-56):
1. There is a test mark to the TOP of the rim - not a big file mark but it is there.
2. There are shallow dimples all over the outside - I count about 6..
3. The bottom rim is slightly out of round - a little bit more so than the other.
4. In one area, there has definitely been a "hammering back into shape" just below the top rim. You can feel it with your fingers - sort of a ripple effect to the touch.
5. The piece needs a polish - I have not done one. Because of this, the seam is visible. Once polished, it will disappear.
Unfortunately, the marks are not visible in my photos as the flash of my camera made the silver look perfect. To the touch, the silver feels like silk - it has the old patina and feel that everyone likes in antique silver.
Metal Content: Coin Silver. Hallmarks include Baldwin & Co, the profile of a wolf or hound, Newark NH, Crowned Head within a Shield
Size: Height is 3-1/2" high. Width at the top is 3"; width at the bottom is 2-1/2".
Weight: 120 grams and 111 grams
Final Comments: Priced with the marks in mind - remember, anything civil war area has seen use!
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Pair Civil War Era Baldwin & Co Coin Silver Mint Julep Cups