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George Sharp "Ball End" Weighty Master Butter Knife

George Sharp "Ball End" Weighty Master Butter Knife
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This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

In very good condition, the blade is free of bends or nicks, and the engraving remains clearly defined. The hexagonal shank is straight and apart from surface scratches, the ball is intact and retains its top nob. There is one area where the collar joins the shank where the seam has widened slightly, and it may have some added solder.

Marks are "Patent 1868 G.S.," "C. Bro. & Co.," and "Sterling," on three of the facets of the shank, and a "lion" emblem on the backside of the blade.

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