Brown & Co "Leaf" Solid Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
The leaf pattern on this 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., flat handled master butter knife is a "Leaf" design that is nearly identical to Gorham's "Josephine," and likewise akin to William Gale's "Leaf." The pattern has been attributed to Philadelphia's James Watts and likely dates from the same 1855 period. It is stamped "Brown & Co." for the retailer, and "Coin." The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a formal "SHS" feathered script monogram on the front. The blade has a scalloped upper edge and curved lower edge. The condition is excellent. Apart from surface scratches consistent with age, there is no evident wear. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or nicks.