Presentation bowl

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Overall: 8 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (21.6 x 24.4 x 24.4 cm)
Underside of bowl is stamped: "TIFFANY & CO. / 4488 / G & W / ENGLISH STERLING / 925-1000 / 1 / 550 BROADWAY. N. Y."
Circular, sterling silver bowl-on-stand decorated with repousse chased flowers and foliage. Wide circular bowl has flared repousse chased and scalloped rim trimmed with applied band of strigillation; flared, circular, repousse chased stand trimmed at top with beaded band and finished at foot with similar applied band of strigilliation; bowl interior is gilded. Bowl is engraved at center-front: "To A. L. Anderson. / as a mark of respect and regard / from the frequent Passengers of the / Steamboat Thomas Powell / 1858."
Gallery Label: 
This bowl-on-stand was presented to Hudson River Day Line captain Absalom L. Anderson (1812-1895), commander of the paddle steamer "Thomas Powell," in 1858. Although the precise reason for the presentation is not known, the gift may have been related to a June 1858 accident that occurred when the steamship struck an oncoming skiff and killed one of the smaller boat's passengers. As captain of the steamship, Anderson was greatly upset by the accident and the death it caused. So great was his sorrow, but also his reputation (even despite the accident), Anderson was presented with a set of silver in an attempt to heal his discouragement. It is possible, therefore, that this bowl-on-stand was part of that service.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Patricia Hecker
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group