William Gale Twist Handle Engraved Sterling Sugar Sifter c. 1865
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A well regarded and important name in American silver manufacture for half of the 19th century, William Gale worked by himself and in several partnerships over time. This 7" long, almost 1.4 T. oz., sugar sifter is marked "W. Gale & Son 925 Sterling," which is a pairing that dated 1862-66.
The style is very much of the period. It has a twisted stem with a notched and engraved handle end. This is inscribed with a script "GDS" monogram surmounted by a shield with an emblem inside it that looks rather like a pair of wings. The lettering of the monogram appears to be later in manner than the piece and may be a replacement for an earlier inscription.
The bowl is impressive. It is round, 2 1/4" in diameter, and shallow, 3/8" deep, and has an essentially flat bottom. The rim is scalloped and the bright gold wash interior is delicately reticulated in a pattern that includes fleur-de-lis. The piercing is enhanced with fine engraving.
The condition is superb. The form is flawless and the finish is bright and finely patinated. The bowl shows no wear and the engraving on it and the handle remain crisp and well-defined. As noted, there may have been a monogram removal with a replacement monogram added.