Fessenden "Old Rose" Sterling Cheese Knife
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A turn of the 20th century pattern, "Old Rose" was produced by Fessenden, of Providence, Rhode Island.
It possesses late Victorian sensibilities, employing cee scrolls, acanthus leaves, and beading detailing to frame the actual rose and floral elements that lend the pattern its name.
There is a script "N" monogram on the handle front. The backside is plain save for the mark "925 Sterling 1000."
This example is a 6" long, relatively light weight at not quite .5 T. oz., cheese knife.
The blade design is novel for this form. Most such pieces have the tines that characterize a cheese knife rising from the upper tip of the blade, while this incorporates those tines, curved upward in this instance, in the actual end of the blade.
The condition is very good. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is appealing. The blade remains even and free of bends or burrs, although the original gold wash shows wear.