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We are pleased to offer this rare c1855 Ball Black sterling silver classical bust cream pitcher and matching sugar bowl set.
From the very highly regarded New York City form succeeded Ball Tompkins & Black in 1851. They retailed silver from the most important New York work shops of the day. These including John Moore, of Tiffany fame, William Gale, and Nicholas Bogert.
By 1860 John Wendt took over silver manufacture, and many of the pieces bore his shield trademark. We believe this was an earlier example.
The set crafted in archaic long neck bottle form. Fashioned after centuries old Greek and Roman drinking vessels.
Striking raised classical bust handle. The rich, hauntingly life like head, set atop beaded frame step C-shape handle. Culminating in raised artichoke, heart medallion and anthemion terminal.
Gothic engraved Apr. 13 1869 to one side interwoven initials other.
Ball Black classical bust creamer 7 3/4 inches tall 12 standard ounces.
The matching waste bowl is 5 3/4 inches 13 1/2 standard ounces.
Hallmarked as shown.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. The life like mask cap anthemion handle retain its original crisp, vibrant detail. Few tiny shallow bumps.
For the discerning collector of the finest mid 19th century New York silver. Focused upon rare medallion and warrior patterns. An important Ball Black & Co. sterling silver classical bust sugar bowl and cream jug set. Excellent condition.
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We combine items when shipping, saving you costs. We ship twice weekly, US Postal Priority & Express, never Ground. Always fully insured. We often lose money on actual shipping costs.
We make great effort to accurately describe our silver. Returns are accepted, if condition, country of origin or dating is significantly incorrect. In such cases we refund your shipping.
These are antiques, with some expected wear from hundreds of years of. As such, returning an item because we failed to mention the tiniest few scuffs, pinhead bumps or mildly bent rim is not acceptable.
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We received favorable notice in the March 12th, 2006 New York Times. Page 8, Business Section, in a well written article on silver collecting. Copy furnished upon request.
From our personal collection, an elegant mid 19th century coin silver basket, from John and Edward Moore, of Tiffany fame. Illustrated in the cover article of May/June 2008 Silver Magazine, page 27.
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Ball Black Sterling Silver Classical Bust Pitcher & Sugar Bowl Set C1855 : $612