American Sterling Silver Gilt Chalice and Paten
Sold for $1,750
inscribed January 1919, by Benziger Brothers, New York, New York, the chalice with plain cup and hexagonally-lobed node and collar, the former faced with cherubim, above a stepped base with alternating portrait (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) and openwork scroll medallions, the latter each centering a paste jewel, the underside with a gilt-metal insert engraved with a presentation inscription from a Hungarian couple; the plain paten engraved with the IHS Christogram within a cross and crown of thorns.
chalice h. 10-1/8", base dia. 6", paten dia. 6"; 21.73 total t. oz. (excluding gilt-metal insert)
Provenance: Private collection, Mobile, Alabama.
**In good used condition, with some wear to the relief, particularly on the faces of the cherubim and Holy Family and the engraving on the paten. The gilding is mellowed but generally intact. The paten, bowl, stem and base are all sterling silver gilt, but as stated in the catalogue description, the insert on the underside of the chalice is gilt metal. Marked "Sterling" on the edge of the paten, the rim of the cup and the basal edge of the base; the latter additionally marked "Benziger Bros." and "SS9802".