Large Ball, Black "Bead" Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.
The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse. Such details always raise the question of whether this reflects a pre and post marriage circumstance, or a namesake connection, and such unknowns add to the historicity of the piece.
The blade has beveled edges and an extensively engraved surface executed in a period design.
The condition is excellent. There are no bends, nicks, or burrs, and minimal polishing wear.
In addition to the Ball, Black & Co. mark, this is stamped "Sterling." Other examples of this pattern frequently show up in coin silver.