Twenty-eight (28) assorted sterling silver items, including one (1) small Watson Company basket having a reticulated body and hinged handle, resting on four paw feet; one (1) tea caddy, possibly by Meriden Britannia Company, having a lobed ebonized final to lid, shell and gadroon trim, and resting on four round feet; fifteen (15) trays or nut dishes by various makers, including Gorham, International, and Alvin; five (5) tea service items by unknown makers, including two (2) matching open sugar bowl and creamer sets; five (5) flatware serving items by various makers, including Reed and Barton, Towle, Whiting, and George W. Shiebler and Company; and one (1) miniature floral repousse bowl. All items marked or test Sterling. Some items monogrammed or inscribed. Combined weight: 57.230 total troy ounces. Provenance: The collection of Gary Glesser of Loudon, Tennessee, by descent from his grandparents, Captain Hoyt and Rachel Holton of Toledo, Ohio. Hoyt Holton became, at age 17, the youngest captain of a Great Lakes Freighter. In the 1960s, Captain Holton participated in a 26-day Admiral Byrd Society trip replicating the explorer's famous transpolar expedition, during which he met the Pope and Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev. Many items in the collection were brought back as souvenirs from that journey and other frequent voyages.
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Surface scratches, scattered dents commensurate with age. Three tea service items with film residue to bodies.