Currier & Roby Solid Sterling Silver Square Salver
Stamped with the entwined "CR" for the New York manufacturer Currier & Roby, this early 20th century footed tray or salver is also marked "Hodgson & Kennard" for the Boston retailer (apparently also located in Magnolia on Boston's North Shore). The piece is 6 1/8" square and has substantial weight at 6.7 T. oz. It has a raised and rimmed border done in a Chippendale style, and sits on four stylized hoof feet. There is a script "AT" monogram on the center surface. The firm Currier & Roby was known for producing items that replicated period American and English silver and this fully follows after that. Rainwater notes in her benchmark work on silver manufacturers, "Currier was an authority on early American silver and had one of the largest collections of marks in the United States. His collection of record drawings of antique silver along with photograph collection was also the largest known outside of the large museum collections." Clearly he had abundant reference material to work with to support the kind of work the company favored and for which it became renowned. The condition is very good. The piece sits evenly and is free of bends, breaks, or repairs. The surface is even and has a fine finish, noting four pinprick nicks and fine scratches consistent with age. In addition to the marks identified above, it is stamped "Sterling" and with the model number "2430HF."