Boston c. 1865 "Olive" Sterling Master Butter Knife
While "Olive" was a standard mid 19th century design, there were many variants. This 7" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., example tracks to Boston, which had its own subsets of "Olive." It is stamped with the name "Haddock, Lincoln & Foss," a company with dates either side of 1860. Right on the cusp of the change from a coin to a sterling standard, this is marked "925" in an oval, for sterling. The backside of the handle is engraved "JAR to CA" in a handsome, carefully articulated script. The condition is excellent. Pattern details remain well-defined, and the finish is appealing. The blade is even, free of bends, nicks, or burrs, but does have surface scratches consistent with age.