Mid 19th Century Eoff & Phyfe Coin Silver Mug
This coin silver mug has a double provenance. It bears a punch mark of "E&P" for Eoff and Phyfe of New York City. It is also stamped Baldwin & Co. for the Newark, NJ manufacturing jeweler. The two firms both operated from the 1840's to mid 1850's, so the date of this piece is quite precise. Curiously, while it carries three monograms and names, the first this was inscribed was on January 2nd, 1936. It reads "Paulina Faithful," with the preceding date. A second inscription below this reads, "Vicky Ann Gillette, 9-12-56," while a third and much smaller one on the side reads, "Caitlin Elizabeth Cushing, 8-5-87." There are no signs whatsoever that any previous monogram has been removed. It stands 2 3/4" high, has a top diameter of 2 3/8", 3 1/2" to the full reach of the arm, and weighs 3.3 T. oz. It has smooth sidewalls with an applied, lined top rim, and a base that has an applied die rolled border. The handle is solid. The condition is very good but not flawless. The body remains well-shaped and apart from two pinpricks is free of dings or dents. The joins where the handle is attached are slightly pushed in and show some solder. This may be original, but more likely was added somewhere along the piece's history to reinforce the joins.