William B. Meyers, Newark NJ, Footed Sterling Silver Bowl
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An established silversmith with working dates about 1932-58, Newark's William B. Meyers was particularly known for making silver miniatures.
Apart from this, he was a well-regarded producer of Arts & Crafts items as well as reproduction pieces.
This 2 7/8" tall, 3 1/2" maximum width, 4.8 T. oz. footed bowl falls generally in the later category. The style bespeaks American design from the 1860s. It has a repeating pattern around the 2 5/8" diameter upper rim, and three cast, decorative legs attached to the bulbous body. Its purpose is uncertain but it evokes a cache pot in look.
Never monogrammed or inscribed, it is in flawless condition. It is free of dents or nicks and the finish is lustrous. The piece sits evenly, with no bends or damage to the legs.
Marks are Meyers' Old English "M" and the word "Sterling."