Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first unmarked, circa 1830, bold baluster form body with hand-chased foliate and scroll decoration against a punchwork ground, applied bands of beading and gadrooning, cast and applied handle, no monograms or engraving (9.75 troy oz., 6.75 in.) (light scratching, slight wobble with mis-shaping to foot); the second unmarked, circa 1820, helmet form with inset bands of grapevine decoration to shoulder and foot, period monogram "RSR" to one side, applied strap handle with shell form attachment (8.15 troy oz., 6 5/8 in.) (slight wobble, light scratching).The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC.
Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.