Theo. Starr Footed, Chased Sterling Silver Pitcher
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Theodore B. Starr operated as a jeweler and silver manufacturer in New York City in the 19th century carrying over to the early 20th century. He was in a partnership with Herman Marcus until about 1877, and under the name Starr and Marcus was a major retailer of Gorham products.
This footed pitcher is marked "Theodore B. Starr," "Sterling," "47," and with a five pointed star, dating it post 1877.It is a thoroughly engaging and highly decorative piece. Standing 3 1/2" tall to the rim and 4" to the tip of the handle, it sits on a 2 1/4" diameter footed base and weighs a relatively heavy 4.2 T. oz. The body is paneled with a scalloped and beaded upper edge. All surfaces are densely chased in a hand raised scroll, leaf, and floral design. This is repeated in the cast handle. The interior retains its original gold wash. There is a fancy, feathered script "MAM" inscription on the side wall in one of two reserve areas, the second of which is plain.
The condition is outstanding. The piece sits flat and is free of bends or dents. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish is appealing.