Three Philadelphia Coin Silver Cups
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first marked for John C. Farr (active circa 1824-1840), with period engraving "Premium," applied bands of Grecian inspired die-rolled decoration to rim and foot (5.3 troy oz., 4 in.) (scattered denting and split to seam under handle); the second marked for Robert & William Wilson (active circa 1825-1846), with period engraving "B. Stewart Ralston / from / B. D. Stewart," applied die-rolled bands to rim and base of slightly tapered can (4.45 troy oz., 3.5 in.) (minor denting); the third a large cup marked for Robert & William Wilson, period engraving "Anna Lewis," applied beading to rim and base (8.85 troy oz., 4 in.) (some denting to base).
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shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics.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.