Mid 19th C. Engraved Right Angle Coin Butter Knife
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A charming piece, this 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife is marked only "Coin," so the particular maker is unknown. It dates circa 1860, and has a flat handle that is set at a right angle to the scalloped blade.
This construction commonly incorporates a single piece of silver twisted to create the angle. In this instance, the handle and blade were separately made and seamed together, as evidenced by the structure of the join.
The upper surface of the handle and the outward facing side of the blade are delicately engraved in bright cutting and wriggle work. The handle is engraved "AMW" in script. This work is all quite sophisticated and ably executed suggesting a quality manufacturer marketing to a style conscious clientele.
The condition is flawless. There are no nicks, bends, or cracks. The engraving remains crisp and well defined, and the finish is finely patinated.