Mystery sterling

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AlisonCross
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Mystery sterling

Postby AlisonCross » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:36 pm

Does anybody know the original purpose of this small sterling cup with an opening in the base and matching stand? (Part of a full set.) Photos below. There are also matching bowls and saucers visible in the background of one of the photos. The bowls have openings in their bases, too.
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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby oel » Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:47 pm

Cup and bowls are missing some sort of (glass) liners. Perhaps used for serving soup/ sauces or desserts.



Peter.

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby AlisonCross » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:25 pm

Hi Peter-- That makes sense. Any idea what the stand under the cup was for? All the cups in the set are on the same stands.
Thanks,
Alison

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby silverly » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:03 pm

Welcome to the forum. If you're interested the trademark looks like Frank W Smith Silver Co. https://www.925-1000.com/americansilver_S5.html

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby JLDoggett » Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:06 am

I don't think they go together, they are stylistically so different; it is too tall to be stable; they don't appear to fit together very well, nor is there a solid connection joining them. The handled part is either a demitasse or tea cup which should have a glass liner. The remaining base looks to be part of a salt/pepper shaker.

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby AlisonCross » Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:35 am

Hi JLD,

I know what you mean about the proportions and the awkwardness, but all 12 cups in the service come with the same stand. No saucers. And they "lock" together. Hence the mystery! Any glass liners are long gone.

Alison

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby AlisonCross » Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:43 am

silverly wrote:Welcome to the forum. If you're interested the trademark looks like Frank W Smith Silver Co. https://www.925-1000.com/americansilver_S5.html


Dear Silverly,

Thank you! That looks exactly right. Much appreciated,

Alison

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby JLDoggett » Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:49 am

The handled item is very rococo in style. what you are calling a base is mid-century modern, If intended to go together there would be stylistic similarities between the two pieces IE. a matching knurled band on the "base" to match the handled part. The "base" has far too small a foot to be stable with that cup-holder on top, even less so with a glass liner, and impossibly unstable with any liquid in it. In your first photo they junction is very awkward and looks like it does not align well. As for locking together the bottom of the handled piece may fit the top While you may have 12 of each, that does not mean they were intended to go together. In looking again at your photographs the "base" appears to be a cordial.

A quick search turned up many images of cordials that match yours. The same happens if you search for silver tea cup holders.

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby dognose » Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:28 pm

Hi,

Welcome to the Forum.

Can you add images of the marks on the cups and bowls.

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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby AG2012 » Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:30 pm

Hi,
Tea cup holder, glass insert missing; no controversy here.
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Re: Mystery sterling

Postby AlisonCross » Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:40 pm

Thank you, JLD! Your expert explanation is so sound and specific. Mystery resolved. Must have been a space-saving choice in the cabinets. I appreciate the time you took to answer this.

JLDoggett wrote:The handled item is very rococo in style. what you are calling a base is mid-century modern, If intended to go together there would be stylistic similarities between the two pieces IE. a matching knurled band on the "base" to match the handled part. The "base" has far too small a foot to be stable with that cup-holder on top, even less so with a glass liner, and impossibly unstable with any liquid in it. In your first photo they junction is very awkward and looks like it does not align well. As for locking together the bottom of the handled piece may fit the top While you may have 12 of each, that does not mean they were intended to go together. In looking again at your photographs the "base" appears to be a cordial.

A quick search turned up many images of cordials that match yours. The same happens if you search for silver tea cup holders.


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