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George C. Shreve, San Francisco, Late 19th C. Sterling Silver Mug

George C. Shreve, San Francisco, Late 19th C. Sterling Silver Mug
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In her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, author Dorothy Rainwater notes of George C. Shreve & Company, the maker of this large, 3 3/16" high to the rim, 3 3/8" top diameter, 4.9 T. oz., mug, that "Until that 1880s the firm focused on retailing," but that "silversmithing began in 1883."

She also indicates that the "bee in a shield" emblem imprinted on the underside of this, along with the company name, "San Francisco," and "Sterling," was not used after 1894, all of which suggests this piece was made in the eleven year span between 1883 and 1894.

This is consistent with the style, which is in keeping with late 19th century silver design. The body is plain, with an overall satin finish, and is bordered by matching, applied rims on the base and lip. The design of these is a repeating, swirling leaf motif that is reminiscent of Tiffany's "Wave Edge" of the same era.

The cee scroll, hollow handle is appropriately large and incorporates an acanthus leaf as a thumb grip.

The face of the body is engraved "F. M. Dougherty" in fancy script lettering, while the interior is finished in a soft, intact, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no dents, bends, or marring. There are perhaps three subtle, shallow, imprints on the lower portion of the rounded bottom edge of the body. The overall finish is warm and even.

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