Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is excellent, with only modest wear from normal use and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine and useful piece in a a hard-to-find form in coin silver!
The Tuscan pattern was patented in 1846, and I've included a picture of the original patent drawing. Michael Gibney was active in New York City 1836-1860. His patents may later have been acquired by Whiting. Mr. Gibney obtained the first flatware design patent in the United States in December 1844, for a pattern sold through Ball, Tompkins and Black and its successor, Ball, Black and Company. His Tuscan pattern, patented in 1846, was developed at the request of shipping magnate Edward K. Collins for the dining room of a new transatlantic steamer. Source: "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861" edited by Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, John K. Howat.