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Presentation Two-Handled Cup
Original Owner:Originally owned by Moses Fox , American, 1850 - 1938
Manufacturer:Manufactured by American Silver Company , American, founded 1901
Sterling silver
Primary Dimensions (height x diameter): 17 x 14 3/4in. (43.2 x 37.5cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schiro and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Koopman
Description: Two-handled American silver presentation cup, inscribed to Moses Fox, April 10, 1918, from his employees at G. Fox & Co. The cup has acanthus leaf molding around the rim and base; scrolled handles with raised leaf motifs on each end. The cup weights 83 oz. troy weight.
Historical note: On April 9, 1918, a silver "loving cup" and horshoe-shaped floral wreath were presented to Moses Fox by his employees. Presenting the cup was Store Superintendant James F. Morrissey, who said: "We are here today to do honor to one of Hartford's best and finest citizens, who is second to none as a merchant, a man and an employer. The handsome eleven-story building in which we stand has been erected during the past year in the face of unusual obstacles and discouragements. These, however, have been overcome; and the new building of G. Fox & Co. is a credit and an adornment to the city. Mr. Fox, I take great pleasure in presenting to you, on behalf of the executives and buyers of the firm, this loving cup as a token of their loyalty and affection, and this horseshoe wreath, the emblem of good luck for G. Fox & Co." The cup, covered with an American flag, was then unveiled. (newspaper article in accession file, 10 April 1918)
Inscription: Engraved on one side between the handles is, "Presented to/ Moses Fox/ by the Executives and Buyers of/ G. FOX & CO./ April 10, 1918". On the other side, the names of the presenters are engraved in block letters in two columns: "JAMES F. MORRISSEY - CHAIRMAN/ F.A. MONTEI - SECY. J. MACK - TREAS./ H.M.WETHERELL I.E. PARTRIDGE/ M.J. SULLIVAN H.C. BRAINARD/ J.H. BENNETT S.J. GUILFOIL/ M.A. STERN M.E. MULLEN/ T.E. ROURKE E.A. SHEA/ L. HERZFELD L.J. COONEY/ W. RAPHAEL M.E. MINKE/ J. CARPLES K.E. MULLANE/ W.W. POLLARD E.G. CAHILL/ W.S. HAYES A.G. RYAN/ J.L. BECK R.M. BRAZEL/ I.G. HARTMAN W.A. DANIELS/ W.H. SMILEY S.E. GARVEY/ J.L. ENGLE L.E. HAYES/ M.F. SLONIM B.FRISCH/ L.E. DORFMAN K. MURPHY/ F.O. DENSON D. SCHARFMAN/ S. NUSSBAUM N. MCALLISTER/ W.P. MYERS G. HERBERT/ A. MCCARTHY J.J.MASON". Running vertically between these two columns is an 8 inch figure in Pennsylvania Dutch-type pattern.
Object Number: 1980.73.1
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