Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.
It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.
The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.
The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended in 1871. Likely this piece has at least an indirect connection with this manufacturer.
It is in very fine condition, is without damage or evident wear, and has a bright finish. There has been a monogram removal on the handle front, but given the flat, smooth surface that is not immediately evident.