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Stunning Eoff & Phyfe - Coin Silver Repousee Christening Cup Mug Tankard For Sale
Presenting a beautifulRepousse Christening Cup by EOFF & PHYFE
Eoff & Phyfe (retailed by Ball, Tompkins & Black)
New York, NY USA
Mug or Cup
Height 3 3/4"
Condition: Very Good to Excellent
Provenance: Estate of Michael M. Finefrock, Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Finefrock died holding one of the largest silver collections in the United States.
was a partner from 1844 to 1849 and from 1852 to 1855 with Edgar Eoff in New
York City NY as EOFF & PHYFE, with shop at 5 Dey Street. Retailed by Ball, Tompkins & Black. Tompkins left “Ball, Tompkins & Black” in 1851
Underneath the cup is
marked with Eoff & Phyfe’s maker’s mark along with the retailer’s mark,
‘Ball, Tompkins & Black’ - who would become Ball, Black & Co (the
leading jewelers in New York City in the 1850’s) and then Black, Starr &
is a very collectible piece because of its condition,repousse design, the reputation of the silversmiths Eoff & Phyfe, andthe Pre-Civil War age.
"Since the Victorian era, one of the most popular Christening gifts for a baby boy has been a silver cup or silver tankard - a beautiful present that is often passed down from generation to generation. But why should such a seemingly utilitarian object become associated with such an important rite of passage? Although the Christening cup became increasingly popular in Victorian times, the myths and tradition surrounding cups themselves have roots going back many thousands of years. Part of the cup's legacy may come from the ritual of sharing a drink from a single cup, as in the Loving Cups and Grace Cups drunk at formal banquets and dinners. Trust and communal bonds are reaffirmed when drinking from the same cup and this is mirrored in the chalice and the Communion service in the Christian Church. The Christening cup obviously has precedents from our distant past, which have been adopted over time and assumed a greater religious significance. From the concept of plenty - "My Cup Runneth Over" - in Psalm 23, to the cup of judgement and obligation in Christ's words in Gethsemane - "Let this cup pass from me" - the cup itself has a resonance throughout Christian tradition."
husband and I are selling our personal collection of sterling and coin silver
to the public because we will be moving to South America soon. We hope you will love our pieces as much as
we have enjoyed them over the years.
have bought pieces from Christies, Sotheby’s, Charlton Hall, Buenos Aires,
South America, and antique shops located all across America Parting with our collection is like selling
the family pet. Sadly we must sell most
pieces, and hopefully we will find good homes for each piece.
sterling silver is an investment. Silver
prices rise and fall, but a good sterling or coin silver piece can only become more
rarer and more sought after over time.
If you choose your piece wisely you will help diversity your investment
portfolio and realize profitable gains over time. Learn what makes a piece valuable and prized
as a collectible piece. It’s a fun and
back your purchase with 100% satisfaction and will take returns within 15 days
for any reason. We only ask that you
return the item in the same condition as what you received it.
items are insured for their purchase value and will be shipped USPS Priority
Mail unless other arrangements are requested by you, the buyer.
take care in packing each item to prevent shipping damage, but realize some
shipping accidents do occur, which is why each piece is insured.
items are used and therefore there will be some normal use marks. I try to describe each item as accurately as
possible and will gladly take further photographs on request. Condition reports can be interpreted
differently by each potential buyer, so feel free to reach out to me with any
questions you feel were not mentioned clearly in my description or photos.
Your positive response is important for us, as you are a valued
customer, and we want to keep you happy with your purchase. We enjoy your response and it helps us
provide better customer service and indicates you are satisfied with your
purchase. My aim is to make the customer 100% satisfied with their purchase.
fast, secure, trackable, USPS Priority Mail, unless other arrangements are made
with the buyer to reduce shipping costs.
are shipped within one business day of payment. Payment received on Friday, Saturday, or
Sunday, will be shipped the following Monday. Items over $50.00 are insured for the