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Hofer, Margaret K. "Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century family silver." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 156-161.
Overall: 1 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. ( 3.8 x 55.2 cm )Silver Weight: 95 oz (troy) 5 dwt (2962 g)
Wrought silver presentation salver; circular tray with raised, nine lobed sides with an applied molded and gadrooned rim; floral border engraved around the edge of the tray; center of the tray engraved with the Seal of the City of New York, windmill blades divide two beavers and two cider barrels, engraved around this, "This Piece of Plate is the Gift of His Exely. Govr. Tryon, the Genel.: Assemy.: of New-York, to Capt. Sowers Engineer. 13 Mar.h 1773" in roman letters, between a man in Colonial dress holding a plumb line and a Native American holding a bow, each with one hand raised, colonial man touching a fleet of ships, Native American touching a wooded area; seal surmounted by a crown and foliate scrolls and above a banner engraved, "SIGILL/ CIVITAT * NOV/ EBORA" over crossed cannons and military and engineering implements; tray applied to three cast hairy paw feet with five claws, one back, four forward, around a circular bar; descent of the salver engraved on the reverse; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Gift of J. Lawrence Aspinwall
Thomas Sowers (1740-1774), who married Ann Myer (1748-1774); to their daughter Ann Sowers (1772-1842), who married Gilbert Aspinwall (1768-1819); to their daughter Sarah Ann Aspinwall (1799-1882), who married James Lawrence Moore (1797-1848); to their nephew James Lawrence Aspinwall (1854-1936), the donor.
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