Child's cup

William Gale & Son (active 1850–1858 and 1863–1866), William Gale, Sr. (American, 1799–1864), William Gale, Jr. (American, 1825 or 1831–1885)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


11.6 x 11 x 8.6 cm (4 9/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

A circular molded, domed foot with delicate repoussé-chased foliate decoration and applied beaded trim supports the raised bulb-shaped body. Rounded and beaded applied edge circles the flared lip. Profuse floral repoussé ornament circles back from each side of the frontal cartouche toward the handle in a slightly asymetrical manner. A double-scrolled handle rises above the rim and curves in to join the body at the waist.

It was a fortunate child who received this rich keepsake to celebrate his birth. The traditional cann-shaped form is updated by fashionable Rococo-style floral and scrolled repousséd and chased decoration that frames the inscription and trails around the cup toward the handle.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.


"Frederick William" engraved in script within a reserve opposite the handle.


"Wm GALE & SON / NEW-YORK" and "W. G & S" in upper case Roman letters on the base, stamped incuse and arranged vertically within a rectangle with rounded corners to the left of a circle and the year "1856" within a triangle.
Ada Mark * F4769


Frederick William Dibblee, son of Frederick E. Dibblee (d. 1875), d. unm. about 1884; to his cousin William O. Comstock’s (1815 – 1883) son, William O. Comstock (d. 1931); to his son W. Ogilvie Comstock (d. 1972?), the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of W. Ogilvie Comstock