Roger Williams Silver c. 1900 Cast Sterling Silver Figural Bon Bon
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While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.
A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c. 1900 according to Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," it merged in 1903 with Mauser and Hayes & MacFarland to form the Mount Vernon Company, so the Roger Williams moniker was short lived.
All these names reference quality producers and that is evidenced in this piece. It is cast, and embodies the intricacy this technique affords. The bowl and handle both are open and incorporate a variety of representational design elements. These include roses and ribbons in the bowl, along with a set of pipes and what may be another primitive musical instrument. The handle is formed by joined acanthus leaves, with a pair of birds surmounting the end.
The entire piece has a bright gold wash finish and is without a monogram or inscription.
It is in flawless condition. There is no evidence whatsoever of polishing wear, and no cracks or breaks in the casting.
Marks are an entwined "RW" for Rogers Williams, "Sterling," the model number "661," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Company."