Large Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.
Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.
The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.
The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two small flowers, one of which may be stylized bluebells or lilies-of-the-valley, and the other something wispy. There is a "BSH" monogram tucked amid the engraving, at the end of the handle.
The matte gold-washed blade has a large blossom in the lower right, with a burst of leaves, grasses, and berries extending outward over most of the surface.
There is a central vee running most of the length of the blade base, which has a notched tip. The scalloped edge, flange shoulders are engraved with fine, trailing leaves.
Marked only "Sterling" on the otherwise plain backside, the maker is unknown. Much similar work in the period came out of Philadelphia, but this fashion was hardly exclusive to that city.
It is in excellent condition. The engraving remains sharply-defined, absent signs of polishing wear, and the finish is bright. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or burrs. The backside has one small uneven area which shows imprinting from the engraving on the front.