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    • Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company, founded 1865
    • Medium: Silver
    • Place Manufactured: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1901
    • Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 32 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (5.7 x 81.9 x 52.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Stamped on bottom, near one of the handles: "[lion passant; another in shield; Gothic 'G' in octagon] / STERLING / A651 / 26 IN"
    • Inscriptions: Incised in center of tray, in various fancy fonts: "PRESENTED TO / HON BIRD S COLER / COMPTROLLER of the City of New York / BY THE / EMPLOYEES OF THE / DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE / December 31, 1901."
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 1992.90
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Bird Coler
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Gorham Manufacturing Company (founded 1865). Tray, ca. 1901. Silver, 2 1/4 x 32 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (5.7 x 81.9 x 52.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Bird Coler, 1992.90. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 1992.90.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
    • Catalogue Description: Tray, silver. Rectangular tray with undulating outer border including cast, applied rococo-style ornament of scrolls, shells and flowers on edge of rim. Rim is ornamented with repoussé decoration including scrolling ornament in center of each side and deeply chased spray of roses and daisies in each corner. Cast, applied, c-shaped handles on each short end comprise complex scrolls with shell in center of underside. Concave bouge of tray ornamented with shell inscription in varying letter faces. CONDITION - Normal wear, scratches and oxidation.
    • Record Completeness: Good (75%)
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    Recent Comments
    09:26 05/8/2009
    Credit Line should be "Gift of Mrs. William Bird Coler"
    07:48 05/16/2009
    Sorry for pointing out another typo - the inscription reads "PRESENTED TO/ HON BIRD S >>COLER<
    By Bruce Bird Coler
    13:59 05/18/2009
    Thanks to Mr. Coler for pointing out typos he noticed in the object information provided for the tray. It has been verified that the that credit line and inscription should read as Mr. Coler indicated in his comments and the typos are in the process of being corrected.

    By Terri O'Hara, Brooklyn Museum Registrar's Office

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