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Large Gorham 1883 Sterling Silver Water Pitcher with Provenance

Large Gorham 1883 Sterling Silver Water Pitcher with Provenance
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Model number "985," solid sterling silver, and made by Gorham Manufacturing Company, all of which is documented by the marks on the underside along with a date letter for 1883, this stands 7 1/2" tall, weighs 26.0 T. oz., and has a capacity of 4 1/2 pints. (See enlargement 3 for a facsimile of the 1882 Gorham catalogue entry).

The body is bulbous and is capped by a tall, sleeve like neck. There is a 1/2" band with something of a woven pattern where these two sections join. Apart from this band, and the arced, hollow, generously proportioned handle, the entire outside of the piece has a satin matte finish.

In addition to its appealing design and quality workmanship, this evokes the social and industrial history of the United States, specifically as it developed in 19th century Massachusetts.

It is inscribed on the front opposite the handle George C. Bossom, from his friend, Amos A. Lawrence, in recognition of his long and faithful service, Nov. 1883.

Both men hold a place in the annals of 19th Century American industrial enterprise, while Amos Adams Lawrence is also remembered as a philanthropist of significant impact.

The entry about him in Wikipedia notes the following:

Lawrence financed the founding of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, a community that was named after him. In 1847, he founded a college that evolved into Lawrence University on 5,000 acres of land that he had purchased in 1844 in the Fox River Valley. Some of the land he purchased became Appleton, Wisconsin, named for his father-in-law. Lawrence also contributed large sums of money to Harvard and the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lawrence Academy, and the Groton School.

Online sources indicate that Lawrence and Bosson intersected through the textile manufacturing industry in Lawrence, Massachusetts (founded in part by Amos's father), and specifically the Arlington Mills of which Bosson was an incorporator.

This remains in very fine condition. It is without dents, bends, or other damage. It retains a warm finish, which apart from a scattering of fine light scratches and faint pinprick nicks, is in original condition.

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