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Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Solid Sterling Flat Handle Ice Cream Slice

Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Solid Sterling Flat Handle Ice Cream Slice
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A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling curve end that could be interpreted as suggestive of a wave, which would be consistent with the pattern theme.

This particular item was retailed by "D[aniel]. Low," which was the company famous for generating the "Salem witch" souvenir lines.

The handle reverse appears to have had a monogram removal, but as the area is smooth anyway, this would only be evident to a knowing eye.

The overall condition is excellent. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish has a bright patina, showing only light surface scratches consistent with normal use. The blade remains flat, and is without bends or burrs.

The retailer's name and the word "Patented" appear on the handle, while the maker's "lion and S" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the blade.

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