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Bailey & Co., George Sharp, Repousse w/Greek Key Coin Silver Ewer

Bailey & Co., George Sharp, Repousse w/Greek Key Coin Silver Ewer
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A lofty item, this ewer (pitcher) stands 8 3/4" tall to the highest point of the lip, rests on a pedestal base that is 3 3/16" in diameter, and weighs approximately 9.0 T. oz.

It dates from the mid 19th century and carries multiple marks, which include "Bailey & Co. Chestnut St. Phila." in an arc around "136," which was the number for the building the firm occupied 1848-56. Additionally, there is a "lion, S, shield" pseudo hallmark flanked by two more lions.

The shield is thought to indicate coin and was used circa 1852-55 (Catherine Hollan Philadelphia Silversmiths).

Similar marks as those above relate to George Sharp, who was Bailey's manufacturing manager from 1852-circa 1862 (Hollan).

Elegantly proportioned, the body of this is offset from the base by a band with a Greek Key design on it. This same banding repeats on the rim of the top opening that has a pronounced upswept lip.

The body and the area immediately below the rim are chased in a period floral and acanthus leaf design surrounding a reserve, which has never been monogrammed.

The cee scroll handle is hollow and incorporates acanthus leaf detailing.

In excellent condition, the piece is without dents or bends and sits evenly. The chasing shows no polishing wear, and the handle is free of nicks or splits. The overall finish is lustrous but evidences some fire scale (a change in the color tone of the silver related to oxidation) around the repousse and some on the neck near the handle (see upper left image in second picture set).

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