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Francis A. Bunnell "Fox or Wolf Head" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter

Francis A. Bunnell "Fox or Wolf Head" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
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Stamped "F.A.B & Co.," this 8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter was produced by Francis A. Bunnell (also Bunnelle) of Syracuse, New York, in the 1860s.

The pattern is known as "Fox Head" or "Wolf Head," indicative of the three dimensional animal figure situated at the tip of the handle. This is embellished by ivy leaves that appear on both sides of the handle and backside heel of the bowl.

The actual sifter is round, 2 1/2" in diameter, has an essentially flat bottom, and a knurled edge, flange rim.

The gold washed interior is elaborately engraved in a design that incorporates anthemia interspersed with stylized ivy leaves, accompanied by other bright cut work, all set against a stippled ground. The raised sidewalls are smooth.

There is an Old English "H.C.A." monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in excellent condition. The fox head is subject to softening from polishing, and this is free of that, retaining very clear detail, right to the texture of the animal fur. The bowl is without dents, cracks, or bends. The gold in the bowl is some rubbed away, especially on the backside. The overall finish shows a warm patina.

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