Mother-of-Pearl Handled Butter Knife, Roswell H. Bailey, Woodstock VT
Offered is a nice American coin silver table knife, probably a butter knife, by well-known Woodstock, Vermont silversmith Roswell Hopkins Bailey, working circa 1837-80. Please click on the picture to see all the available pictures. Mr. Bailey had a long and successful career, and a fair amount of silver bearing his mark has survived, though this is the first MOP-handled knife I've seen with his maker's mark, and indeed the first from Vermont. This piece probably dates to about 1840. It measures about 7 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 48 grams. It is engraved with period owner's initials of "OP" which might be uncommon enough to track down in a town like Woodstock in the 1840s. Condition is good overall, with a firmly attached handle and no repairs; there is a dimple on the end of the blade, though, and some small scratches and near the ferrule and a flake to the MOP (which does not affect the integrity of the piece in any way). All in all a very fine and useful piece of Vermont coin silver!