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    A RARE WILLIAM GALE COIN SILVER TWO HANDLED TRAY
    William Gale & Son, New York, New York , 1851
    Marks: WM GALE & SON, G&S (oval-circle-diamond) 1851, 116 FULTON ST, NEW YORK
    2-1/4 x 37-1/2 x 23 inches (5.7 x 95.3 x 58.4 cm)
    258 troy ounces

    From The Lauren Stanley Silver Collection

    The rectangular tray with cast wave and foliate handles, egg and dart band to edge of raised rim, engraved ground with architectural and animal images centering cartouche, to left a castellated structure on a rocky shore, to the right Monticello and below Mount Vernon, representing the continents clockwise from upper left a puma, a beaver, a lion, a tiger and leopard, and stags.

    While not a special commission, where one would expect a more cohesive iconography and certainly some sign of ownership in the central cartouche, the iconography and quality of the tray do suggest a unique production. This was therefore either a shop sample, kept to show the skill and repertoire of the engravers at Gale's command, or as a piece produced for exhibition.


    Condition Report*: Presents very well with slight dent from rear to right of cartouche, scratching to back indicative of age.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2014
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
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