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Michael Gibney "Threaded" Coin Silver Flat Blade Fish Server

Michael Gibney "Threaded" Coin Silver Flat Blade Fish Server
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While a holder of a number of widely embraced, older, flatware design patents, and a substantial manufacturer, pieces that actually carry any of Michael Gibney's marks are not particularly common.

This large at 10 1/4" long, and weighty at 3.4 T. oz., fish server is one of those examples that is stamped with his three part "oval, circle, diamond" emblem, with (a rubbed) "MG" in the upper portion and the date "1845" within the diamond.

There is an added "B" in a square, along with an "eagle" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Lows, Ball & Co."

The pattern is Gibney's 1840 "Threaded," aka "French Thread" or "Fiddle Thread."

Suggestive of its early date, the blade is unusual shape for a fish server, in that it is broad, perfectly flat, and has a rounded end. Later iterations of this form tended to have curved upper edges and pointed tips.

The handle backside is engraved with a fancy Old English style "GMA" monogram.

In superb estate condition, this shows only light surface scratches consistent with careful use, is free of polishing wear, bends, cracks, or burrs, and possesses a warm patina.

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