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Ball, Black "Bead" Large, Solid Sterling Silver c. 1870 Pie Server

Ball, Black "Bead" Large, Solid Sterling Silver c. 1870 Pie Server
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Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent New York Century firm dating from the third quarter of the 19th century, this pie server is very large scaled.

It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz.

The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse.

There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse.

Such details always raise the question of whether this reflects a pre and post marriage circumstance, or a namesake connections. Such unknowns add intrigue to the design detail of the piece.

The blade has beveled edges and an extensively engraved surface executed in a period design.

The condition is excellent. There are no bends, nicks, or burrs, and minimal polishing wear.

In addition to the Ball, Black & Co. mark, this is stamped "Sterling." Other examples of this pattern frequently show up in coin silver.

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