Though this mark would appear to be previously unpublished, we are attributing it to Horace, since the only other possible firm might have belonged to Hiram Hotchkiss, who would have been ten or twenty years old when Fiddle Thread was in the height of its popularity.
For those of you who have an interest in Heraldry, we will mention that this item bears the arms of Blackwill. And also Bonvill, Fisher, Fulcher, Halliday, Miles, Peck, Shields, Trant and Twedie.
The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.
Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.
Stone's workshop made this item in at least four sizes. The larger two required substantial time in the making, and are scarce by comparison to their smaller peers. It is also unusual find an example which has never been engraved, since these were most often made as presentation pieces.
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...
May I offer our apologies, dear reader, for having previously catalogued these as "Acorn"? Old age is taking its toll, here.
Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...
As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...
Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot...
Marguerite was design...
There is some rather sloppy soldering on the beaded border beneath the spout (I do not believe this to be a repair) which we show in agonizing detail, see image four, and the overall color indicates that there may have been a removal at some point in time...
Not antique, but truly a quality item. If Yours Truly were to have a coat of arms, it would probably resemble this one...
Maltby Pelletreau was the second generation of this illustrious silversmithing family. His partnership with Bennett and Cook lasted only three years, so the date range for this item is pleasantly narrow...