Kirk Early 1900s "Repousse" Sterling Silver Gravy Boat
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A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.
This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.
It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.
Judging from other examples of repousse gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous variations of this item. A major distinction lies between those with pedestal bases and those with legs. This is the latter, having three legs terminating with hoof feet and broad, fanned shoulders where the legs join the body. The sidewall surfaces have a raised, probably aster, floral motif. The background is finely stippled.
An appealing, and apparently singular, design detail on this is a layered, shell-like element with a leafy margin located on the underside of the spout. The top edge of the body has a wide, applied rim, while the solid handle is cast and applied.
This is in mint estate condition. There is no visible wear, nor dents, repairs, or other impairments. The finish is lustrous and hand polished only.