Bigelow, Kennard Solid Sterling Silver Tea Knife
At 7 7/8" long, this is a large tea or dessert knife. It is also heavy, weighing 1.8 T. oz. Dating from c. 1870, it is marked with the Boston retailer name "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on the blade, along with "Sterling." It has a flat, solid silver handle with a blunt end similar to the blunt end of the blade. It is bright cut engraved with a stylized leaf and floral design and has an Old English "M" monogram. The backside is plain. It is in exceptionally fine condition. It is free of blade nicks or bends as are commonly found on knives. Apart from surface scratches consistent with age, there is no visible wear. The engraving remains crisp.