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Engraved Water Lily and Cattails Victorian Sterling Silver Mug

Engraved Water Lily and Cattails Victorian Sterling Silver Mug
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Standing 3" high, having a 2 5/8" diameter and a maximum span of 4" to the handle end, and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this likely birth or christening mug embodies the design sensibilities of the late 1800s.

The body has a gray, satin matte finish that is bright cut engraved in a variety of water-related flora, included pond lilies and pads, cattails, and grasses, all of which suggests an Aesthetic design influence. There is additional wriggle work detailing under the rolled top rim and a leaf script (the costliest style of engraving) "TMB" monogram in the open area on the opposite side from the handle.

The generously proportioned handle is hollow and features a raised acanthus leaf and scroll design that is Victorian in manner.

In near pristine condition, this shows scant evidence of use. The engraving is absent polishing wear, the base is flat, the body round, the handle free of dents or splits, and the overall finish retains its original patina. There are perhaps four minor shallow indents on the sidewall and two small nicks on the top rim.

Marked "Sterling" and "89," there is no maker's identification, although clearly this was made by an American firm with the capacity to produce fine silver.

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