Large Coin Silver Engraved Master Butter Knife
This coin silver master butter knife is stamped "W.H. Elliott" for the Manchester, New Hampshire retailer whose dates were 1848-94. The form of the piece and the fact that it is coin (and so marked), dates it to the early years of the firm, c. 1860. It is a large, 7 3/4" long, moderate weight, 1.1 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a sculpted handle and blade, both with flat surfaces, but with the hand raised up from the blade, and both extensively engraved in a period style. The backside is plain save for an Old English "R" monogram. It is in very good condition. There are no bends, nicks, or burrs, but the engraving shows visible softening from polishing.