Hyde & Goodrich Silver Soup Tureen, ca. 1850
This is a silver soup terrine that has been in my family for several generations. My great-grandmother was from Louisiana. I suspect that this was maybe from her father and mother. My great-great-grandfather's older sister married Braxton Bragg, who was a Confederate general.
So this, perhaps, was in that part of the family as well?
It could be. We don't... I don't know.
What's interesting about this is the parallel with the Southern heritage, is this is a piece of Southern coin silver. There were a lot of silver manufacturers in the United States when this was made before the Civil War, probably circa 1840, 1850. And the majority of the silver manufacturers were in the Northeast, as was most of the industry in the United States. The Southern states were primarily agrarian communities, and there were not a lot of silversmiths there. So, by the nature of there not being a lot of silver made in the South, examples are much more rare. Additionally, the war between the North and South, as some people like to call it, was fought primarily in the South. There was a lot of looting, soldiers stole lots of things. You hear stories about family silver being buried in the backyard all the time. And a lot of the silver that was made did not survive. This is an unusually large piece of silver made by a New Orleans silversmith. And if we turn it over on its side, it's very clearly marked with the maker's mark, which is Hyde & Goodrich. And they went into business in 1816 and made very, very fine silver. This is probably one of the best examples of an item that they could have made. It is based on a traditional English form, with the gadrooning borders here and the cast lion handles with the ring in the mouth. And you have this wonderful dog finial, which corresponds to the hunting. The dogs would have been used to hunt at the time. It's chased very nicely with this beautiful Victorian chasing, and it's quite heavy. I weighed it before we came on camera, and it weighs about a hundred ounces. It is coin silver, which is not sterling silver. It's a lesser mix of silver and a higher percentage of alloy than sterling silver. But it's nonetheless of very, very exceptional quality. I consulted with a few of my colleagues and we think that if this were to come up at auction, conservatively, it would bring between $10,000 and $15,000.
Really? Wow. Thank you very much.
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