Large Mid 19th Century Engraved Pie Server
This coin silver pie server is large, measuring 10 3/8" long overall, and with a blade that is 4 5/8" by 2 7/8". It is also heavy, weighing 2.9 T. oz. It was made by Syracuse's Bunnell and Shreuder (1853-57), whose eagle/BS/arm pseudo hallmark is imprinted on the reverse. It is also stamped with the letters "M.F. & C.H.S." for Mortimer F. & Charles H. Stilwell, Rochester, New York retailers, 1837-66. The pattern is Laurel, which is somewhat reminiscent of Olive, but with a floral rather than leaf detail, and somewhat more refinement overall. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. The real story of this piece is in the engraving. The blade has scalloped and slightly upraised shoulders. The surface is extensively cut with floral, leaf, grass, and scroll elements set against an engine turned ground. There is also a scene set mid blade that features two sailing vessels on a body of water surrounding an island on which sits a castle-like structure. This is a common theme of the time, done with notable skill in this instance. There is no monogram or removal. The condition is excellent. There is slight polishing wear on the handle, but none on the blade, which is also free of bends, nicks, or burrs.