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Six Bailey & Kitchen Philadelphia "Tipt" Coin Silver Forks with Crests

Six Bailey & Kitchen Philadelphia "Tipt" Coin Silver Forks with Crests
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These six, "Tipt" pattern, tea or dessert forks all measure 6 3/4" long and weigh 7.0 T. oz. the set.

They are marked "Bailey & Kitchen," which was the first iteration (1832-48) of the firm that eventually became Philadelphia's renowned "Bailey, Banks, and Biddle."

They also carry the "eagle, thistle, harp" pseudo hallmark for Taylor & Lawrie, who "apparently manufactured much of the silver" sold by B&K 1837-52, according to Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, so this pairing of marks is natural.

The fronts are plain, while the backsides of all the handles are engraved with a stag's head crest, an unusual but not exceptionally so, detail on American silver.

They are in very fine condition, showing no polishing wear and having warm patinas. The slender tines show some rounding on three of the pieces, and four of them exhibit noticeable knife cuts on the reverses.

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