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Ford & Tupper 1871 Sterling Silver Stag Tureen Bowl, estimated at $2,800-$3,800 at SJ Auctioneers.

New England and midwestern 19th-century silver holloware arrives at SJ Auctioneers May 26

BROOKLYN, NY — Hollowares from heyday of American silver manufacturing will appear at SJ Auctioneers on Sunday, May 26. Bidding for the array of late 19th- and early 20th-century domestic silver forms by eminent and preeminent New England and Midwest makers is available online at LiveAuctioneers.

Estimated at $1,500-$2,000 each are handwrought Gilded Age wares by Lebolt & Co. and Dominick & Haff.

The name of Chicago firm Lebolt, active from circa 1908, is stamped to a set of side plates, each worked to the border in high relief with narcissus and engraved with a large monogram to the center. The 12 plates weigh around 40 ounces in total.

Some exceptional repoussé and chasing work can be seen to a 36-ounce basket by Dominick & Haff, the New York City firm co-founded by Henry Blanchard Dominick and Leroy B. Haff in 1872. The workshop’s best wares are in the Aesthetic style, with this hand-hammered centerpiece worked in high relief with swags of flowers and foliage.

Collectors of Gorham’s Grande Chantilly pattern, first introduced in 1895, will be drawn to a pair of covered tureens weighing 68 ounces and estimated at $2,900-$3,600, while those wishing to make a similar statement at dinner may consider an 85-ounce punch bowl with an applied rope-twist border and chased and engraved neoclassical decoration marked for Barbour and estimated at $3,500-$4,400. The firm operated in Hartford, Connecticut under this name from 1892, but in 1898 it became one of the founding companies of International Sterling, the conglomerate of New England silversmiths that united to form the world’s largest manufacturer of silverware.

The New York firm of Patrick Ford and Jonas Tupper, the successor to Ford Tupper & Behan, was active between 1867 and 1874. It made some good quality silver in the prevailing fashion of the day, such as a pedestal tureen and cover with handles cast as stag heads and a standing stag finial. Engraved with the monogram MWB and the date February 21, 1871, it weighs 48 ounces and is estimated at $2,800-$3,800.