|Catalog Number||1997.81.01 a-c|
|Object Name||Bowl, Punch|
|Dimensions||H-17.795 W-22.835 L-29.646 inches|
Silver service used on the USS Montana from 1908 -1921; then used on the USS Helena until 1963. Silver Service includes large punch bowl (a), with pedestal (b) and base (c). The base (c) is a platter or tray like object with two ornately designed handles design includes raised flower and leaf design, flower and leaf design running around the edge of the tray. There is an oval hole in the center of the tray where the pedestal sits. Around the rim of the center oval hole are small holes to allow the screws from the pedestal to fit into. On the bottom or underside of the tray are stamped letters that read: "R" / STERLING / REED & BARTON / FOR / HUBER BROS / DILLON MONT".
The pedestal (b) is oval shape almost like a drum, with faux locking clasps running around the upper rim of the pedestal. On the sides or walls on the ends is a large clasp with a raised leaf design and on one side is stamped letters that read: "In the long vista of the years to roll / Let me mot see our country's honor fade. / O let me see our land retain her soul, / her pride, her freedom; and not freedom's shade." On the opposite side wall is U S S MONTANA / Presented by the People of the State of Montana A. D. 1908" . On the bottom lip of the pedestal is a braid design encircling the oval. On the bottom of the lip are eight screw like protrusions which fit with the small holes around the rim of the platter/tray.
The bowl (a) is of an oval shape with a scalloped rim also with the raised leaf design. Also on the rim is the same faux locking device design as seen on the pedestal. The handles resemble the bow of a ship including a design that appears as planks of wood including oblong holes where lines securing the boat to the dock would fit. The bowl portion is very ornate with flower and leaf design. On one side on the center portion of the wall on the bowl is an etching of the U.S.S. Montana. Above the etching is a ribbon an on the ribbon is stamped lettering which reads: "U. S. S. MONTANA A. D. 1908" On either side of the etching are two circular seals On the one seal right side is: "NAVY DEPARTMENT' / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" On the seal on the left is: "THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF MONTANA" On the opposite side of the bowl is an etching of the capitol building and above the etching is a ribbon and it reads: "MONTNA" This etching also has the same seals on either side. Surrounding all the seals are cornicopia and flowers. Cross is a shovel and pick, the blade portion of the shovel stands away from the body of the bowl. On the bottom of the bowl is more high relief floral and leaf design. The base of the bowl has four faux legs very ornate and between the legs is more ornate leaf design.
World War I