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[Household Accessory]

Accession Number: 2012.25.1

Physical Description: Silver-plated calling card receiver. Small, shell-shaped silver dish. The dish rests on a stem consisting of three rods that curve at the top and bottom. The rods rest on a round foot. Vine decoration wraps around the base of the stem. Vine-like piece extends upward from the bottom of the dish and curls over one side. A bird, grapes, and grape leaves decorate the curled end. Two grape leaves also decorate this piece on the bottom of the dish. Maker's mark etched on bottom center of foot.

History of Object: Calling card receiver was used in the home of Antrim M. Hambleton at 213 The Drive in Topeka, Kansas. The donor was married to Antrim's son, Phil N. Hambleton. Antrim Hambleton graduated from Washburn University law school in 1914. He worked as a lawyer and later became a professor of law at Washburn. Hambleton was acting dean of Washburn's law school from 1938 to 1939, and full dean from 1943 to 1947. The donor believes the card receiver was used at parties and college activities. The donor had the receiver appraised in 1982. It was identified as quadruple plate by Wilcox, ca. 1910. It may date to an earlier period, as the Wilcox Silver Plating Company started in 1867 and continued until 1898. At that time it was one of the companies who helped create the International Silver Company and their maker's mark changed.

Date: Between 1890 and 1910

Dimensions (in cm): 13.30 (H) 15.00 (W) 13.80 (D)

Marks/Inscriptions: [maker's mark on bottom] QUADRUPLE PLATE / WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO. / 1840 //

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Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Meriden (Conn.)
    Individual: Hambleton, Antrim Marion, 1879-1967
    Individual: Hambleton, Mary Josephine Patterson, b. 1879

Creators and Contributors

    Wilcox Silver Plating Company

Status: Cataloged

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