Impressive silver presentation punch bowl in the Japanese manner
Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, RI, date mark for 1884

The body with repoussé and chased dragons, waves, fish, and figure, the rim decorated with applied leaves and shells, with dragon-head handles and gilt-washed interior, on coiled snake base, marked and inscribed to underside, "Won By/The Sloop Hera/In a Match Race With/The Sloop Lillie/1883".

H: 9 1/2 in. Diam: 18 in. Weight: 119.1 oz.t.

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, June 15, 1998, Important American Silver, lot 1580.
The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer.

Sold for $106,250
Estimated at $15,000 - $25,000


 

The body with repoussé and chased dragons, waves, fish, and figure, the rim decorated with applied leaves and shells, with dragon-head handles and gilt-washed interior, on coiled snake base, marked and inscribed to underside, "Won By/The Sloop Hera/In a Match Race With/The Sloop Lillie/1883".

H: 9 1/2 in. Diam: 18 in. Weight: 119.1 oz.t.

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, June 15, 1998, Important American Silver, lot 1580.
The Collection of Victor Niederhoffer.

The sloop Hera was designed and built in Nahant, Massaschusetts by W. B. Smith, 1881 for N. Sumner Myrick (1852-1930) of Boston. Myrick was an attorney, railway company principal, and an expert on the Merchant Marine, serving for many years as the Vice-Chairman of the Shipping Committee, Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

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