Scroll down our main catalogue page a bit and you'll find two others, monogrammed and slightly more moderate in price, but equally functional.
This spoon is not monogrammed and does not appear ever to have been, which is most unusual for early American silver.
Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact...
Closely linked to Dominick & Haff (founder Samuel's brother William McChesney was president of D & H), the smaller firm made items of exceptional quality, such as this paneled hand chased vase of classical form.
Objects of sterling and stone, while popular for a short period of time in the 1920's were expensive to produce, and may have priced themselves out of the marketplace...
For related items by this maker, see Forbes figure 61c and Chait number 251. This is the first China Trade strainer spoon we've encountered in the course of twenty eight years...
There is slight tip wear from right handed use, a few minor insults to the bowl (including a scratch, reverse), and significant wear to the monogram "B / E * E". On the whole, however, this spoon presents itself well. To quote Quimby in American Silver at Winterthur, "Stoutenburgh left a small body of high quality work"...
Most American silver manufacturers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offered some variant of the Chrysanthemum pattern. As faithful readers of our little web page will know, here is my favorite one of them all...
Other web pages which will remain nameless are still hoping to get the big bucks for these, but we are eminently realistic.
There is a file cut (visible from side and reverse only; see fourth photo) which we've pictured in excruciating detail, and some light pitting on the blade which we've mostly polished out and probably will address a bit more, as time allows. Aside from this, the condition is excellent.
We've bought and sold many pieces of Wave Edge over the years, perhaps not enough to sink a battleship but maybe a canoe, and these are among the best. Please see third photo for mark.
We've made a brief attempt to find a pair of socialites who were married that Winter Wednesday and come up empty handed, but you dear reader may have the pleasure of continuing this search, once these are safely in your collection.
Please note that our price is for the pair (!).
We have never encountered a spoon with this boat-shaped flat bottom bowl in the past, and have conferred with a Very Knowledgeable Fellow who has owned one (yes, just one) before and is of the opinion that this is indeed a berry spoon.
The blade features a restrained and well executed bit of engraving (please see third enlargement) with brite-cut foliage and shaded flowers.
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I do not recall ever having seen a finer pair of master salt spoons.