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Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Repoussé Soup Tureen, c. 1884

Antique Sterling Repoussé Soup Tureen, c. 1884. Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Henry Blanchard Dominick was a descendant of George Dominick and French Huguenot, who came to America in 1740. His partner Leroy B. Haff first entered the silversmith business in 1867. In their early days Dominick and Haff devoted themselves to the manufacture of relatively small pieces. They were renowned for the quality of their vinaigrettes, chatelaines, and other fancy articles. The firm sold its wares to such establishments as Bailey, Banks and Biddle, a venerable jewellery and silver company with a retail shop on Chestnut street in Philadelphia. It was to that concern that Dominick & Haff sold the tea and coffee service embellished with repoussé floral and insect decoration which stands as mute testimony to the company’s standards of craftsmanship.

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Repoussé Soup Tureen, c. 1884

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Repoussé Soup Tureen, c. 1884

An outstanding example of floral Repoussé silver features beautiful all over floral and foliate Repoussé decoration on a stippled background. Soup, and the serving of soup, were important parts of the dining rituals of the 19th century where this tureen played a central role. It would have dazzled guests in the gas lighting of the period.

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver, New York - 1881

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver, New York – 1881

The firm of Dominick & Haff has a long and complicated history. Though not established until 1872 or incorporated until 1889, Dominick & Haff can trace its beginnings to William Gale and son, which started in New York in 1821, changed its name to Gale and North in 1860, and became Gale, North and Dominick in 1868, when Henry Blanchard Dominick (1847 – 1928) entered the business. Relatively few details of Dominick & Haff history are known at present was sold to Reed & Barton in 1928, and consolidated within that firm.

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver, New York – 1881

Repoussé or repoussage (French) is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. The Repoussé decoration is an amazing work of art. Using special chasing tools, the silversmith molds and folds the silver to create incredible three dimensional scenes against the hammered background. Detailed chasing provides stunning details.

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Black Coffee Pot, c. 1881

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Bowl – 1882

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Centerpiece and Platter

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Intaglio Chased Water Pitcher, c. 1883. Inscribed from July 10th 1883

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Intaglio Chased Water Pitcher, c. 1883

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Platter

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service, 1881

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service, 1881. Hot water kettle on stand, coffee pot, tea pot, creamer, covered sugar and waste bowl

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Silver Coffee & Tea Service detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Water Pitcher, c 1896

Dominick & Haff Sterling Water Pitcher, c 1896

Dominick & Haff Sterling Water Pitcher, c 1896 detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Water Pitcher, c 1896 detail

Dominick & Haff Sterling Wine Coasters, c. 1900

Dominick & Haff Sterling Wine Coasters, c. 1900

Gale, Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver Medallion Pitcher and Goblets Set, New York City, 1870-72

Gale, Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver Medallion Pitcher and Goblets Set, New York City, 1870-72

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Gale, Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver Medallion Pitcher and Goblets Set, New York City, 1870-72 detail

Dominick and Haff Sterling Silver Art

Gale, Dominick & Haff Antique Sterling Silver Medallion Pitcher and Goblets Set, New York City, 1870-72 detail

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