On A Pedestal: The Enduring Appeal Of The Silver “Revere Bowl”

Classic Serving & Display:  The Pedestal Bowl
Classic Serving & Display: The Pedestal “Revere Bowl”

The “Revere Bowl”. A tabletop classic that endures to embellish tables and other surfaces as an element of purpose and function. The simple beauty of the form and shape of this pedestal bowl continues to delight since its iconic introduction as an American historical treasure

This iconic silver bowl referred to as the “Revere Bowl” documents a revolutionary act of the “Sons of Liberty” of the American Colonies. A secret organization of 15 members within Colonial Boston, “the Sons of Liberty existed during the time when ferment against British rule was building towards war”. The secret society is said to have formed “to protect the rights of the colonists and to take to the streets against the abuses of the British government”. And of the bowl of silver on a pedestal? To summarize, historically the bowl is said to have commemorated the refusal of the Massachusetts legislature to revoke a protest against British import taxation. Alas, the motto of the “Sons of Liberty” would become “No taxation without representation”. Iconic history, indeed.

And of the silversmith and the inspiration of the design of this bowl? Beyond the famous “Midnight Ride” that history links to Paul Revere, Revere was a silversmith that was not only considered a master craftsman and engraver but was credited as a successful early entrepreneur and Industrialist as well as an active patriot to the American Revolution. Revere’s design is said to have found inspiration from Chinese commemorative porcelain bowls produced for both American and British markets. Who knew? Commissioned by the Sons of Liberty, the tribute bowl in silver commemorated and simultaneously immortalized those that are engraved upon its rim. Of note, the instructions to design this silver “rum punch bowl” requested its construction of 45 ounces of silver that would hold “45 gills of rum”. Alas, the original form and function! Again, who knew? The bowl itself was used during the secret meetings with the purpose of holding this rum punch for toastings. Who knew? Of note, the bowl, which holds the engraved names of each member as well as patriotic slogans, was once considered a treasonous object and was kept hidden between meetings. For certain, a deeper appreciation can be gained for this bowl of historical precedence.

Paul Revere (1735-1818) American Silversmith, Engraver, Early Industrialist & Patriot In The American Revolution
Paul Revere (1735-1818) American Silversmith, Engraver, Early Industrialist & Patriot In The American Revolution & The “Liberty Bowl”
Paul Revere's  "Liberty Bowl"
Paul Revere’s “Liberty Bowl”

Revere would eventually name this bowl of silver the “Liberty Bowl” and the engraved copies would alternately be referred to as “Revere Bowls”. An evolution of this bowl throughout history would begin.

For certain, this enduring appeal of this bowl of silver on a distinctive pedestal without the etchings of history’s proclamation is my focus. An appreciation of the history of this footed bowl presented, consider the bowl of silver that presents a timeless appeal with classic form and a multitude of functions. Distinctive & classic shape of enduring appeal, indeed….

Revere Bowl:  Perfection In A Classic, Timeless Shape
Revere Bowl: Perfection In A Classic, Timeless Shape
Shape & Proportion Of Timeless Appeal:  The "Revere Bowl"
Shape & Proportion Of Timeless Appeal: The “Revere Bowl”
Pewter Or Silver Style:  The Classic & Timeless "Revere Bowl"
Pewter Or Silver Style: The Classic & Timeless “Revere Bowl”
Entertaining & Events With A Classic Element:  The Revere Bowl
Entertaining & Events With A Classic Element: The Revere Bowl
Elegant Display Of Form Paired With Function: The "Revere Bowl"
Elegant Display Of Form Paired With Function: The “Revere Bowl”

Consider the tabletop classic of the “Revere Bowl”. Whether a decorative object that stands alone or a centerpiece filled with fragrant blooms on a tabletop, the bowl that gleams with classic appeal will continue to endure as an object of timelessness. Of course, variations abound of this pedestal bowl linked to history. Pewter variations are not new, but renditions that are also of historic appeal. Timeless pedestal bowls of form and function. And of those lined in a colorful enamel? Distinctive, for certain. Consider the beauty of this bowl that is beyond common. It’s appeal as an element of form and function will continue to add visual interest and glossy, polished appeal. And of the effort of the occasional swipe of silver polish? Alas, a small task in order to appreciate the gleaming delight of a bowl that offers so much. Consider the enduring appeal of the silver “Revere Bowl”. On a pedestal, indeed…

Kristin

PS: For those of you that appreciate this bowl in all of its glory…consider the beautiful rendition by Tiffany & Co. Additional validation that the “Revere Bowl” holds timeless and enduring appeal….

Tiffany & Co's "Revere Bowl" Inspired By The Original Motif In Sterling Silver
Tiffany & Co’s “Revere Bowl” Inspired By The Original Motif In Sterling Silver


“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…”
– “The midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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