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Lot 203: Gorham Martelé Sterling Silver Loving Cup

Doyle New York

October 4, 2017
New York, NY, US

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Description

Gorham Martelé Sterling Silver Loving Cup
Circa 1905
The shaped cylindrical body with three loop handles, chased with grapevines and clusters on a hammered surface, on a wood base with a presentation plaque inscribed To our Superintendent John D. Slayback from the Officers and Teachers associated with him in The Washington Square M.E. Sunday School From 1869 to 1907. Height of cup 9 1/2 inches, approximately 74 ounces, weighable.
Provenance:
John D. Slayback
Gertrude S. Elliott Wood (step-daughter)
Alexander C. Wood III
Alexander C. Wood IV
Useful and beautiful, the Gorham Manufacturing Company's Martelé line adhered to the Arts and Crafts movement's important guiding principles of making things well and making them completely by hand. The name Martelé is translated from the French word for hammered. The first examples of Gorham Martelé silver were exhibited at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel in November 1897. The line introduced commercially in 1900 and ceased production in 1912. It is estimated the company only made 4,800 pieces of Martelé and, of this number, only 180 loving cups.
This Martelé silver loving cup was presented on May 9, 1907 to John D. Slayback (1838-1924) by the Washington Square Methodist Episcopal Church for almost 40 years of service. A successful investment banker and stock broker on Wall Street, Slayback was also a great leader and patron of the church. An article written at the time quotes a friend as saying, "he (Slayback) depresses stocks and booms religion." The Washington Square M.E. Church had a long history of charitable works and social missions. In 2004, it merged with two other neighborhood churches to form the Church of the Village.

Condition Report

Good condition overall; pattern number H/VZ; the cup simply sits on wood stand, not affixed in any way; wear to finish of stand; stand is in two separate parts; the plaque on stand engraved "To our Superintendent John D. Slayback from the Officers and Teachers associated with him in The Washington Square M.E. Sunday School From 1869 to 1907"


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