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E.A. Tyler, New Orleans, "Keystone" Solid Sterling Silver Crumber

E.A. Tyler, New Orleans, "Keystone" Solid Sterling Silver Crumber
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A Bostonian by birth who apprenticed in Belfast, Maine for four years beginning when he was nineteen, Edward A. Tyler subsequently (1838) established himself and a successful business in New Orleans, Louisiana, which operation became "large and at one time or another employed a number of silversmiths." (Biographical material sourced from Crescent City Silver published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

This item, which is stamped "E.A. Tyler," along with "Sterling," and "Pat.D Sept.7.1869," is a large, 12 3/8" long, 4.0 T. oz., solid silver crumber.

The pattern is "Keystone" by Whiting, although not so identified. Along with numerous other New Orleans firms, Tyler retailed a good deal of silver manufactured in the North, of which this is a case in point.

The patent date suggests this was sold in the immediate post Civil War period, and about ten years before Tyler's death.

The handle reverse is engraved "MH" in lined script. The style of this appears to be later than the piece itself and may be a second monogram in the same location.

It is in very good condition. The acorn detail of the pattern and other high spots show slight softening from polishing, although the extensive engraving on the base of the scalloped, raised back edge, blade remains crisp and sharp and is free of bends, dents, or burrs. The overall finish is bright and even.

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