Though the execution is spare, this engraving succeeds in conveying a sense of movement, an illusion that only the most skilled artists were capable of achieving. And in bit of Victorian whimsey, note that this fish has been hooked (please see third enlargement).
Elizabeth McCarty (nee Van Bergen) was married to Richard McCarty, Congressman from Coxsackie, NY and prominent merchant.
Even for Wendt, this is an exceptionally stylish little piece of silver, with chamfered edges on tines which are fully engraved, front and back.
One of Shiebler's greatest designs, and among the most elusive items for any spoon collection.
This spoon is not monogrammed and does not appear ever to have been, which is most unusual for early American silver.
last seen in Chinese customs, now missing and presumed stolen
In terms of construction, this is, not alas a first rate object. The edges don't quite meet up flush, the hinge is on the exterior rather than integral, and there are also a few minor bits of waviness on the front and side panels...
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