Silver punch bowl. Designed by Alfred Lenz of New York. Presented to James J. Hill at a banquet given by "Minneapolis friends" on September 19, 1905 in honor of his 67th birthday. Profusely decorated with floral swags, propellors, and engraved bosses depicting romanticized Minnesota scenes as well as a portrait of Hill. The bowl has three handles in the form of cornucopia, overflowing with fruit. Marked "Sterling" "925/1000 Fine" and "72 Pint" with a unicorn along the underside.
Given to the Hill Library by Mary Hill in 1934. Together with an early sketch and photograph of the punch bowl.
Provenance: Collection of the James J. Hill Reference Library.
Certain individuals are prohibited by law to purchase items in this auction. Descendants of James J. Hill within three generations (Great Grandchildren and closer) are not allowed to purchase items. Additionally, board members of the foundation and their families (spouses, children, spouses of children, grandchildren) are also prohibited from purchasing items.(Bowl) Height: 15 1/2 in x diameter: 25 in. Total weight: 389.19 Troy oz. (Photo) Sight; Height: 7 1/4 in x width: 9 1/2 in. Framed; Height: 12 1/2 in x width: 14 3/4 in. (Drawing) Height: 10 3/4 in x width: 13 3/4 in.
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