What happened to all of the wonderful things that were once associated with the Stotesburys?

Silver Pieces by Cartier Used at Wingwood House


In 1929, E.T. Stotesbury purchased 1,450 pieces of monogrammed sterling silver for $21,475. The applied gold monogram on each piece was the "ESE" used by the Stotesburys, and it was designed so that it could be read from either direction. The sterling set was for fifty guests, and an additional plated set of 3,958 pieces was for two hundred guests.


December 1929 Letter from Pierre Cartier

(Photo Source: Private Collection)


List of Silver sold by Cartier in 1929

(Photo Source: Private Collection)


After Eva Stotesbury died in 1946, this silver was sold at the auction of the contents of Wingwood House, which was held on the premises at Bar Harbor. The entire lot of the 1,219 remaining pieces sold for $4,000 at that auction.


Wingwood House Auction Catalogue listing

(Photo Source: Private Collection; original catalogue from "Valuable Furnishings and Art Collection at Wingwood House, Samuel T. Freeman & Co, August 20 through 26, 1946)


Today, some of these pieces remain in nearly as fine a condition as they were when Cartier made them.


Cartier Silver Asparagus Tongs

Asparagus tongs

(Photo Source: Private Collection)


Cartier Fish Fork and Knife

Fish Fork and Knife

(Photo Source: Private Collection)


Cartier Salad Serving Spoon and Fork

Salad Serving Spoon and Fork

(Photo Source: Private Collection)


Stotesbury Monogram

The "ESE" reversible monogram

(Photo Source: Private Collection)

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