Large late 19th century Gorham Sterling Silver serving bowl, double walled, with elaborate pierced and repousse grape, fruit and leaf border; old Gorham lion-anchor-g mark to underside with date mark for 1884 and A 2860 M. Script monogram AGD to center. 2 1/3" H x 13" dia. 31.42 oz troy. Provenance: The Estate of Jane Dudley, Nashville, TN and Palm Beach, FL. Social icon Jane Dudley was the founder of one of the South's most prestigious charity events–the Swan Ball, benefiting Cheekwood. She traveled the world as the wife of U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Guilford Dudley, with whom she shared a landmark Nashville estate, Northumberland, until his death in 2002. The age and monogram of this item suggests it may have been owned by Guilford Dudley's parents, Guilford Dudley Sr. and Anne Dallas Dudley (1876-1955), a prominent activist in the Women's Suffrage movement. Anne Dallas Dudley founded the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association and served until 1917, when she was elected third vice-president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Bowl constructed in two parts; small area of separation at one seam (about 1", tight and narrow). Some scratching to underside.
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