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Gorham Sterling Silver Powder Puff Box, Rockefeller Association

Gorham Sterling Silver Powder Puff Box, Rockefeller Association
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A charming item with a poignant provenance, this sterling item is model number "B885" made by Gorham, as identified by the marks on the underside.

It measures 4" at the widest, is 2 1/2" across on the base, and stands 2 1/2" high to the top of the knob on the lid. The total silver content is 4.0 T. oz.

The interior is finished in a bright gold wash, and the piece retains its original (lambswool?) puff in mint condition.

The reason for its fine condition is bittersweet, as it was little used on behalf of its original owner.

The body and lid are engraved in a fine acanthus leaf, scroll, and flower design, with a reserve that reads, "Editha McCormick" in Old English and "September 17, 1903" in script.

This references the daughter of Edith Rockefeller McCormick, herself daughter of John D. Rockefeller, and Harold Fowler McCormick, a prominent Chicago businessman who was the grandson of the famed inventor Cyrus McCormick.

Sadly, Editha died on July 11, 1904, less than a year after her birth, of scarlet fever.

That fact likely explains the flawless condition of this piece, suggesting it saw no use after that date. It is without dents or polishing wear and has a bright finish. The puff is original and in pristine condition.

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