International "Duchesse" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife, Weighty
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The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.
Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.
It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the blade of this 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife.
The piece is in mint estate condition and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail retains sharp clarity and is without visible polishing wear. The scalloped upper edge blade is even and flat, without bends, burrs, or nicks, but does show surface scratches. The finish is bright and even.
Marks are International's Simpson, Hall, Miller "helmet over S in a shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling."