Albert Coles "Dolphin" Figure Coin Silver Fish Slice
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Produced in the mid 19th century and stamped on the blade with Albert Coles' (New York City) three part pseudo hallmark, this all coin silver fish slice measures 12" long and weighs 4.0 T. oz. The weight includes the fill in the hollow handle.
The elaborate "dolphin-like fish with scales" pattern on the handle is one identified with Coles. A pair of animals entwine with one another, with a smaller fish placed between the larger two's tails.
The handle was paired with a variety of blades, with the one on this being particularly elaborate. It measures 7 5/8" long and 2" at the widest. The upper edge is scalloped and has five piercings toward the end. There is a light script "J.E.A." monogram on the reserve on one face of the handle.
The surface is extensively engraved in a flower and leaf design surrounding a scene that features a pair of fish resting on a shore. The backside is inscribed with a simple floral design.
The condition is outstanding. The handle is free of dents, splits, or pinpricks. The blade is straight, even, and without burrs or nicks. There is overall light polishing wear, well within what would be expected of a piece this age.