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Loving Cup

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Loving Cup

Artist: Gorham Manufacturing Company (active Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-present)

Date: c. 1914
Medium: Sterling silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 x 13in. (33 x 33cm)
Markings: Impressed Gorham hallmarks: "[LION] [ANCHOR] [G] / STERLING/ A7013/ 8 Pint"
Inscribed: Engraved on back of cup: "As a Tribute to the Distinguished/ Upright and Public Spirited Citizen/ This Loving cup/ is presented to/ THOMAS REDFIELD PROCTOR/ Upon the occasion of a Dinner/ Given in his honor by Personal friends/ at the/ HOTEL UTICA/ In the Evening of/ APRIL TWENTY-FIRST/ NINETEEN HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN/ UTICA N.Y." Engraved on front of cup: "Our friendship bears an unchanging strength/ and like the memory of your good acts, will/ ever be sincere and growing, until life/ and its sweetness pass away."
Credit Line: Proctor Collection
Object number: PC. 762
Label Text
This loving cup or trophy was given to Thomas Proctor (1844-1920) in recognition of his many contributions to the city of Utica. Civic-minded and generous, Proctor and his wife Maria Williams Proctor (1853-1935) and his brother and sister-in-law Frederick (1856-1929) and Rachel Williams Proctor (1850-1915) made numerous contributions to Utica including donating land for the park system and supporting local hospitals, the Oneida County Historical Society, and the Utica Public Library. Proctor was part of the last generation of three families responsible for the formation of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. In 1919, Proctor joined with his wife Maria and brother Frederick in the establishment of a foundation to carry out their plans for a cultural center for Utica.

The front inscription on this piece reads:

Our Friendship Bears An Unchanging Strength
And Like the Memory of Good Acts, will
Ever Be Sincere And Growing, Until Life
And Its Sweetness Pass Away.

The back inscription reads:

As A Tribute To the Distinguished
Upright and Public Spirited Citizen
This Loving Cup
Is Presented To
THOMAS REDFIELD PROCTOR
Upon The Occasion of A Dinner
Given In His Honor By Personal Friends
At The
HOTEL UTICA
In The Evening Of
APRIL TWENTY-FIRST
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN
UTICA, N.Y.
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