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Vintage Silverplate GRAVY BOAT SAUCE BOAT on Ornate Stand SHERIDAN SILVER
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Ornate silverplate gravy boat or sauce boat with elevated stand (to hold a warming candle) features  an "S" scroll handle adorned with an acanthus leaf, high polished silver exterior finish on the stand and the gravy boat gives this gravy or sauce boat a stately and elegant appearance.  Cleaned and polished and ready for use at your next holiday meal!

This silverplate gravy or sauce boat has four extended "arms" which sit perfectly in the ornate gravy boat frame.  The frame of this vintage silverplate gravy boat or sauce boat was designed in such a way to hold a warming candle in the center, keeping the gravy or sauce warm during the meal. 

During the elaborate Victorian dinner, many courses called for gravy or sauce.  The silversmith made a variety of shapes and forms designed to serve all types of gravies and sauces.  The typical gravy boat can be described as an elongated pitcher with a handle.  Most gravy boats have a separate tray, but many are simply one-piece; a tray and pitcher either molded or soldered together.  Sauce boats are usually smaller than gravy boats.  

This beautiful ornate silver plate gravy or sauce boat and stand was crafted by Sheridan Silver and is in excellent condition (sans a few tiny dots of discoloration noted inside the gravy boat itself) with no dents, dings or silver plate loss.   This elegant silverplate gravy boat or sauce boat measures  7 1/2" tall  x  7 1/2" long (spout to handle), 5.5" wide and weighs 1 pound 11.4 ounces. Touchmarked on the bottom of the warming stand is "SHERIDAN", their logo and SILVERPLATED together with a retailer's sticker of Josephson's Jewelers.

Josephson's Jewelers was founded in 1881 in Illinois by Swedish immigrant Carl G. Josephon. Son Clifford (C.I.) took over the business in 1891 and moved it to 3rd Avenue in 1897.  By 1900, it became apparent to 3rd Avenue businessmen that the area was developing into a factory district and that the railroad tracks were both dangerous and an obstacle for patrons.  Josephson moved his store to 5th Avenue and, in keeping with a trend of the era, erected a Seth Thomas post clock on the sidewalk outside his store.

In 1921, he promoted the construction of the LeClaire Hotel, and in 1928, constructed the former Sears Roebuck building, now Barnett's House of Fireplaces. In 1930, during the Great Depression, he was involved in the construction of the 5th Avenue Building.  The jewelry store passed through four generations of the Josephson family, and it was sold to William G. Nusser in 1970.  By the 1980s, business in the downtown had diminished, with most of the major retailers relocating to SouthPark Mall. In 1984, after 72 years on 5th Avenue, C.I. Josephson Jewelry closed its store and relocated to a strip mall across from SouthPark. The clock moved with it.

In 2002, the business closed, and initially the fate of the clock was undecided.  Historic preservationist Barbara Sandberg made an appeal through a letter to the editor in the local newspaper, and the response was more than she could have hoped for. Nusser agreed to donate the clock to the city and First Midwest Bank offered to cover the restoration cost.  After hundreds of hours of work, the clock was reset in October 2003 on a new concrete base just a few feet from its original location on 5th Avenue.  Both the clock and the Josephson home on 6th Avenue are Moline historic landmarks.  http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/article_bd9bef0c-d896-11df-92a2-001cc4c03286.html

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