J.K. Martyn Sterling Silver Miniature Chairs
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$ 60 pair
These two, sterling silver chairs appear to be a matched arm and sides, or "his and hers" pair. They were made by "J.K. Martyn" of Hoxsie, RI, according to the marks on the underside. "Martyn" is identified as an "Artificer" as stamped on the underside (along with the word "Sterling"), which would suggest they produced novelty items like this. The date is unknown, although some inference may be drawn from the fact that Hoxsie is an older section of the City of Warwick, and the term artificer is something of an archaic word.
They are an appealing set, formed from drawn wire with squared edges. The arm chair stands 2 7/8" high and has a 1 1/2" square seat. The side chair is the same size, save the back is 1/8" lower. The two together weigh approximately 2.0 T. oz.
The backs have open scroll work, with the larger chair including the letter "C" in the design. The side chair has rope detailing around the seat. In both instances, the seat is formed from a flat plate of silver that slides in and out in a channel on the larger piece, and fits in place on the smaller one.
The condition is flawless. There are no bends or breaks, and the finishes are lustrous.