American Silver Five-Piece Water Set of New York City Interest
William Schenck Wood, New York, circa 1850
Comprising a water pitcher and four matching goblets, of baluster-form chased with oak leaves and acorns, one panel chased with the fountain at City Hall Park and another depicting the Astor House Hotel and dated 1834-1926.
Height of pitcher 13 inches, total approximately 61 ounces.
The Astor House Hotel is regarded as the first luxury hotel in New York City and soon after its opening in 1836 was the best known hotel in America. John Jacob Astor purchased the lots around his home located in one of New York's smartest residential quarters on Broadway between Vesey and Barlcay Streets across from New York City Hall Park. There were over 300 rooms and the building included gas lighting and running water delivered to each floor. The center courtyard atrium was one of the most fashionable places for men to dine, and women were not admitted unless accompanied by a man. President Abraham Lincoln was one of many Presidents among the notable guests to have stayed there. As New York society moved further uptown the hotel eventually fell victim to more modern rivals, yet in 1906 it was still important enough a society venue to hold a "ghost dance" whose invitees were only those families who had lived in Manhattan in 1836. In 1913 the hotel finally closed when Vincent Astor sold his half of the hotel to developers forcing his cousin William Waldof Astor to sell his half as well.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Generally good condition overall; nice details to decoration
Pitcher - engraved "The Astor House New York City 1834-1926" and "Susan Coleman from Charles A. Stetson Colonel Clifton Coleman Carter U.S. Army Her great grandson"
Goblets - three marked W.S. Wood 367 B Way, one apparently unmarked; all engraved "Susan Coleman from Charles A. Stetson" - 6 7/8 to 7 1/4 in. ht.
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