American sterling silver mug or cup bu Johann Rudolph Wendt of New York City, c.1865, marked English Sterling and design number 190.
This truly spectacular mug or cup has a large high relief Egyptian female Medallion head with flowing curly hair, a large Head Dress having a ball finial and a border of drop balls, and a large medallion necklace. She is wearing a pair pair of large ball end, loop earrings.
The lovely lady is framed in a scroll work border accented by belleflower and foliate engravings.
The top of the body has a band of chased foliate decorations set on a stippled background.
The raised rim handle has a straight arrow shaped spur and is on the cup with a ball and stem socket at the bottom.
The Halloween dated inscription: Louise B. Goodloe from her Auntie Oct 31st, 1871, is on the front of the body under the Medallion.
The mug sits on a raised, stepped circular base and is 4" tall, 3 1/4" in diameter, 4 1/2" across the handle and weighs 213 grams or 6.8 ozs. Troy.
The rim of the base has a couple of insignificant marks, otherwise.....
Inscribed as described above, the soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear detail, with no removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.