Pair Warner Baltimore Early Marks Silver "Onslow" Master Salt Spoons
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One of the most recognized names among 19th century Baltimore silver workers, the elder Andrew Ellicott Warner is the "best known of a family of silversmiths," as stated in "Maryland Silver" published by the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dating from the second quarter of the century, both of these master salt spoons are marked "A.E.W." One is 3 7/8" long and stamped "11" while the other measures 3 3/4" and stamped "10.15." Both these are standard marks particular to Baltimore and roughly equate to sterling silver in the first instance and coin silver in the second instance. The two together weigh .7 T. oz.
They are an unusual and quite sophisticated design. The handle pattern is a variant of an English "Onslow" design. It has rolled ends and a lined surface.
The bowls are shell form with inscribed backsides. The engraving on the reverses carries through to the fronts where the design is raised. The reverses are finished in a matte gold, while the fronts are bright gold.
The condition is excellent. Damage is non-existent, wear is nil, and the finishes have a rich patina. There are no monograms or inscriptions.