Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.
It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period stitchery design.
Stamped "Bigelow Bros & Kennard" and "925" in an oval, for sterling silver, it dates circa 1870.
The pattern is an "Old English," with a reverse tipt handle that has intricate diamond cut engraving on the front. Characteristic of Boston silver from this era, the work on this is particularly well-executed.
It is monogrammed "Anna" in Old English lettering on the handle front.
It is in outstanding condition. The engraving remains crisp, and sharply defined. The serving end is free of bends, dents, nicks, or burrs, and the overall finish has a fine patina.