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Singular Knowles "Angelo" Pierced Sterling Server

Singular Knowles "Angelo" Pierced Sterling Server
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Seeming not to have parallels with other forms, this server in Knowles' early 20th century "Angelo" measures 7 5/8" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

At 4" by 1 3/8", it has a narrow, elongated working end that constitutes more than half the length of the piece. This has seven splayed tines joined by cross bars toward the tips. The heel is pierced with a decorative cut, while the shoulders are imprinted with cee scrolls. The entire blade surface is finished in a matte gold front and back sides.

The intended purpose is uncertain, but some form of pastry server seems likely. This was retailed by Salem, Massachusetts' "Daniel Low & Company," as stamped on the backside (along with the Knowles emblem and the word "Sterling") and even the 1901 catalog reprint offers no illustration of this type item.

The handle obverse is inscribed "Blanche."

It is in superb condition. There is no evident polishing wear, even to the gold wash, and the finish is lustrous. The tines are straight, even, and without bends or burrs.

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