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    A Seven-Piece Gorham Chantilly Pattern Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1895, manufactured circa 1899-1905
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, (date mark), (various)
    17 inches high x 27 inches wide (43.2 x 68.6 cm) (largest, tray)
    223.58 troy ounces

    Mr. & Mrs. Frank Morrill Murphy;
    Thence by descent.

    Lot comprising hot water kettle and stand (A165, 1905), coffee pot (A160, 1902), teapot (A161, 1902), covered sugar (A162, 1902), open creamer (A163, 1902), wastebowl (A164, 1902), and tray (date code for 1899), each monogrammed EMM.

    Frank Morrill Murphy (1854-1917) was an American mining and railroad mogul who was one of the principal owners of the Congress Gold Mining Company. Like many Americans, Murphy seized the opportunities opened by Manifest Destiny, leaving his home state of Arizona at a young age to conquer the West. A shrewd businessman, Murphy quickly rose to prominence in both industry and politics and was an influential force which drove the region's profitability and expansion. He became one of the Southwest's largest bankers and acquired interests in several gold and copper mines, which proved particularly profitable during currency panics. Known as the "Gentleman Capitalist," Murphy was instrumental in combating mining fraud, acquiring both the Arizona Republican and Arizona Journal-Milner newspapers to expose ill deeds. Murphy's financial success allowed him to buy his wife Ethel (1872-1950) a permanent residence at the Holland House, a few steps from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Ethel, whom he had married in 1892, was a prominent socialite and hostess whose charitable endeavors included soliciting donations for the construction of the Carnegie Library and donating a rental property to the Episcopal Church. The present lot is engraved with Ethel Mary Murphy's initials.

    More information about Gorham Manufacturing Co., also known as Gorham Manufacturing Co., Gorham Manufacturing Company.

    Condition Report*: Errant pin dents, errant nicking and scratching, few minor pit spots, burner handle missing finial, light dents near monograms to kettle/coffee/creamer, light push to sugar base causing nuanced rock, with wear commensurate with age, polishing, and use.
    *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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2017
    17th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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