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    A GORHAM SILVER AND SILVER GILT PRESENTATION PUNCH BOWL WITH LADLE
    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1900
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, A2028, 12 PINT, (bell)
    16-1/4 inches diameter (41.3 cm)
    145.1 troy ounces

    The silver presentation punch bowl on footed base with silver gilt interior, undulating everted rim decorated with repoussé grapevine motif inscribed PRESENTED TO EPES RANDOLPH, BY EMPLOYEES TUCSON DIVISION S.P. CO., AUGUST 1901, with shaped ladle with silver gilt bowl with Bacchus and grapevine motif to monogrammed terminal end.

    A pioneer in bridge and railroad construction, Epes Randolph was associated with the building of the Southern Pacific Railroad, owned by Collis P. Huntington. In 1901 Randolph was reassigned from the Tucson, Arizona offices of the Southern Pacific to build and operate the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles. His time in California was short lived however, due to health issues which forced his return to Arizona in 1903.

    Randolph assumed a prominent role in the development of Tucson, investing in hotels, banks, and mines and serving as a member of the state Board of Regents. He also oversaw the development of the Southern Pacific's Randolph Line, which connected Phoenix and southern Arizona's outlying communities with Tucson.

    In 1905 E.H. Harriman, the new president of the Southern Pacific, challenged Randolph with a monumental engineering problem--to tame the gushing floodwaters of the Colorado River which threatened to submerge California's Imperial Valley. After nearly two years of trial and error experimentation and consulting with over fifty of the most celebrated engineers of the period, Randolph finally directed his crews to dump thousands of tons of rock into the river's breach.

    This punch bowl, which originally included a matching underplate, plus a loving cup, were presented to Randolph by the employees of the Tucson division of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in August 1901 on the occasion of his reassignment by Huntington to Los Angeles.


    Condition Report*: Dents along upper rim of bowl underneath everted border, with surface scratches and loss to gilding commensurate with age.
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    April, 2012
    11th Wednesday
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