Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.
It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.
The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. There is an Old English "I" or "J" monogram.
The handle is set at a right angle to the blade and has a thickened cube at the join. This is both decorative and functional, as this is a stress area and thereby subject to bending or cracking, and the reinforcement impedes this.
The blade has a scalloped upper edge and upswept end. Otherwise it is plain.
The condition is excellent. It is without bends, cracks, or nicks, but shows light overall surface scratches, especially on the blade. The engraving remains crisp and well-defined, and the finish has an even patina.