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Mug with uniquely American agricultural motif

Mug with uniquely American agricultural motif
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In 1825, the Erie Canal opened, sending to NYC and beyond the agricultural riches of Ohio and ultimately the entire midwest. For 10 years -- from 1825-35 -- this cornucopia was celebrated in the arts, including the art of silvermaking. The basket-of-flowers and sheaf-of-wheat flatware patterns are examples; so too is this mug with its band of farm produce and equipment -- corn-filled wagon, barn, windmill, beehives, farm house, corn crib, scythe, rake, and a sheaf-of-wheat design repeated 10 times. Description of mug as follows: vase-shaped on round pedestal foot; hollow scroll handle; flower-&-foliate bands applied at rim and base; agricultural band at base of bowl; body engraved with birds and foliage on either side of vacant shield cartouche. 4-1/4" tall, 5" to top of handle, 3" diameter at rim. Bit of roughness at bottom of foot, but cup stands firm and straight. Marked on bottom: G(eradus) Boyce/NY.

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