E. Benjamin "Prince Albert" Coin Sugar Sifter
This 7 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter is marked "E. Benjamin" for the New Haven, Connecticut silversmith and jeweler, and with a bust/lion/C pseudo hallmark. In this instance, Benjamin was the retailer and the maker traces to New York's Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper complex, according John McGrew's work on American silver manufacturers' marks. The pattern is "Prince Albert" and the date mid 19th century. It is a generously sized piece, with a 2 1/4" wide, 5/8" deep, shell shaped and extensively pierce bowl. There is a fancy feathered script "AES" monogram on the reverse. The condition is outstanding. There is no evident polishing wear or damage, and the finish is nicely patinated.