F. Hoffmann Shell End Heavy Coin Master Butter Knife
This 7 3/4" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is marked "F. Hoffmann," which is something of a mystery name. Given the mid 19th century style of the piece, a likely attribution is Frederick Hoffman with origins in New York, but largely working in Philadephia, with dates 1820-49. His spelling, however, is listed with a single "n" so that introduces uncertainty. Regardless of the attribution, the piece stands on its own. There is a upraised shell on the end of the handle, the front of which is engraved "E.W.G." in Old English lettering, while the back has a feathered script "T" monogram. The blade is broad, and has a scalloped upper edge and blunt end. It is in very good condition. The "E.W.G." shows softening from polishing, although the "T" does not. The blade had some roughness and deep scratches, and this has been professionally remedied.