The oval lobed silver gilt basin with everted rim cast with a band of shells and dolphins raised on foliate scrolled supports.
Inscribed to underside: Andrew Bell Forbes, a birthday remembrance, from his friends and associates in the
Mew York, July 15th 1899
Andrew Bell Forbes was a California Argonaut, arriving in SF via Panama in 1849. He didn't head to the gold fields but became an agent for the lucrative Pacific Mail Steamship Company shipping mail and goods from Panama to all the west coast cities of California and Oregon, he and later a manager for the Mutual Life of New York.
Date mark T 1892-1902.
Marked to underside: TIFFANY & CO.Â
9194 Makers 3359
Sterling Silver 925-1000.
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