Leinonen Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Hammered Bowl
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This medium sized, open bowl has a top diameter of 6 5/8", sits on a flat base that is 3 1/2" across, stands 2 1/2" high, and weighs 10.8 T. oz. It carries the mark for Karl F. Leinonen who was the head smith in Boston's "Handicraft Shop" founded in 1901. He later established his own operation and in the course of things became a prominent name in the American A&C movement. Other marks include the model number "18" and the word "Sterling."
The design falls fully in the Arts and Crafts manner, simple in style, with a subtly shaped sidewall that rounds over slightly along the top edge. The entire surface is hand hammered and has a block letter "M . F . B" monogram near the upper rim. The finish is pleasingly tactile. The piece likely dates from the first third of the 20th century.It is in exemplary condition. There are no dents or other damage, and apart from light surface scratches there are scant signs of use.