Alvin Figural "Nuremburg" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.
The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.
This example is a 6 1/2" long, approximately .7 T. oz., butter pick.
It is in choice condition, showing no evident wear or damage. It has a hand polished finish with a fine patina, and is without a monogram or removal.
Marks are the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," all in fine, precisely rendered lettering as would be expected of original pieces of this period.