Two Silver Cups
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first an American coin silver footed cup with period engraving reading "A mother's gift / D. L. A. / to / M. A. A.," unmarked, 19th century (5.4 troy oz., 4 5/8 in.) (some mis-shaping to foot); the second likely a Continental silver cup in the Rococo style with hand-chased floral and scroll decoration, unmarked (3.6 troy oz., 4 1/8 in.) (handle likely a replacement and with small loss to lower tip).
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shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics.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.