Towle Fancy Engraved Sterling Master Butter Knife
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Towle produced a number of engraved designs in the late 19th century, some of which were named, some of which were numbered, and some of which were unidentified.
This example, while exceptionally attractive, appears to be in the last category and may simply represent the artful expression of an engraver left to his own impulses.
It is a large master butter knife, measuring 7 9/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz. The Old English style handle has a dense diamond cut design with a subtle (bamboo?) stem and leaf detail in the center, suggesting an Aesthetic influence. The beveled edge blade is curvilinear and has a simpler than the handle, but equally finely cut, design set against a satin matte ground. The backside of the blade is also matte, while the plain handle back has a polished finish.
The condition is near mint and there is no monogram or removal. Apart from a little surface mottling on the reverse of the blade, there is little evidence of use.
Marks are the Towle emblem and the word "Sterling."