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William Gale 1865 "Gothic" Sterling Silver Presentation Goblet

William Gale 1865 "Gothic" Sterling Silver Presentation Goblet
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Handsome and commanding, this 6 1/8" tall, 5.0 T. oz., goblet or chalice reflect the Gothic Revival design style popular in its 1860s period.

It stands on a multi-tiered base that is joined to the stem with a faceted fitting. The bowl is 3 3/4" in diameter, 2 1/4" deep, and has an applied rim.

It is stamped on the underside, "Wm. Gale & Son," for the renowned New York City maker (and retailer), along with "Sterling 925."

Likely a birth or baptismal gift, it is inscribed in fancy leaf lettering, "Samuel Sweetser Forbes/from his grandfather/Samuel Sweetser/1865."

This apparently has a bittersweet aspect to it as an online search reveals a Brooklyn, New York, grave marker for "Samuel Forbes Sweetser," born in February 1865 and died in August of the same year.

This tragic history may explain the reason why this remains in mint condition, as it may have been enshrined as a memorial. It shows no evidence of use or wear. The engraving is crisp; it is free of dents or bends; the base sits evenly; and the finish is bright and lustrous.

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