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Elegant Quadruple Plate Silver Fruit Stand Presented to William Livingstone Jr. of Detroit and engraved with the message: "William Livingstone Jr. from His Friends of Michigan Delegation Chicago 1880."

Simpson, Hall, Miller and Co: Wallingford, CT 1880 Stand is 12" high, bowl is 12" diameter, base is 8" diameter with decorative elements extending 1 1/2" out from base, in center of bowl is a circular gold colored metal, 5" diameter which bears the inscription and surrounded by six gold colored trefoils, 2.5" long, band along bowl has an intricately stamped floral design, stand is 9" high and to which is attached three design elements that start from the base: three winged horses whose lower halves turn into curled serpent's tails which are part of floral curliques that extend upward toward the bowl, in between the horses on the base are shell and floral designes. Scratched, pitted, small dents, bowl appears to have been reattached to stand, needs a good polishing. A very asttractive, elegant item. Wm. Livingstone Jr. was a businessman, banker, publisher, advocate for the improvement of Great Lakes shipping and heavily involved in the Republican Party, both locally and nationally. He owned Livingston & Co., a wholesale/retail grocery establishment, co-founder of the Detroit Photographic Company, owner/publisher of the Detroit Evening Journal (where he met his soon-to-be lifelong friend, Henry Ford when he published the first article ever on Ford's invention), president of the Detroit Savings Bank, founded his own steamship agency, the Michigan Navigation Co, successfully campaigned against a railroad bridge that would have obstructed navigation in the Detroit River, successfully lobbied Congress for funds to construct a channel in the lower Detroit River. In 1874, he accepted the nomination for state legislator and was elected representative for Wayne County, the only office he ever held. He had leadership roles in local and national Republican National Convention, in 1900 he was the chairman of his delegation. In 1880, the year on this dessert stand, two of the prominent delegates were James P. Joy and Russell A. Alger. Of all the things he acomplished, he was best remembered for his important role in the Great Lakes shipping industry. The majority of the information cited on Wm. Livingstone Jr. is from the the Bentley Historical Library, who possesses Livingstone's papers and documents, but not this wonderful trophy.

Book Id: 98-5255

Price: $995.00

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