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Large Gorham Pedestal Base Coin Silver 1860s Tazza

Large Gorham Pedestal Base Coin Silver 1860s Tazza
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Larger than most examples of this form, this piece measures a full 12" from arm to arm, has a bowl 9" in diameter, stands 5" to the rim and 6" at the highest point of the arms, and rests on a pedestal base that is 4 5/8" across at the bottom. Commensurately heavy for its size, it weighs a substantial 21.4 T. oz.

A coin silver tazza or compote, it is essentially plain and clean-lined, save for the remarkably innovative and forward looking, cast and applied, solid, arms.

They feature two stylized floral elements where they attach to the bowl, and an upswept central motif that could represent a sunburst or modified acanthus leaf. Their surfaces are textured in a way that relates to their casting, and has a gray finish that stands in contrast to the brightness of the main piece.

It is in mint condition. There are no dents, bends, creases, or other mars. The surface has been professionally buffed, but only to a warm shine and not a mirror finish.

The underside is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and model number "310," and engraved in script "B. Brandreth." A google search offers an association for this name with appropriate dates and location, but the provenance of this is unknown so attribution cannot be assured.

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