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Kidney & Johnson, New York, Fixed Handle c. 1868 Coin Silver Basket

Kidney & Johnson, New York, Fixed Handle c. 1868 Coin Silver Basket
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Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers offers extensive biographical material about silversmiths Edmond Kidney and Samuel Johnson, who formed a partnership in 1868 that lasted until at least 1874.

With working histories for each of them tracing to the early 1850s, they were already established names among New York City silversmiths when they joined efforts.

Their product line was extensive and of excellent quality, of which this 6 1/4" long, 4 3/4" wide, 4 1/4" high to the rim, 6 1/4" to the top of the handle, 10.0 T. oz., basket is a particularly fine example.

The smooth body sits on an oval 3 3/4" by 2 3/4" by 1 5/8" high, pedestal base and has a 1/4" wide ivy leaf and berry motif engraved band that encircles the area just below the reinforced top rim.

There is an Victorian period "TCE" monogram inscribed on one wall below the rim.

The solid silver handle is fixed and joined to the the bowl by open double cee scrolls, and has shaped edges.

The interior of the bowl retains a portion of its original gold wash on the interior and shows the imprint of the ivy leaf and berry design transferred from the outside, indicating the chasing was all hand inscribed.

Given this is coin silver rather than sterling, which was becoming predominant in this period, the piece likely dates from the first years of the partnership.

The piece remains in exceptionally fine condition, the only signs of use being the referenced loss of gold and three small dings on the body. The piece sits evenly with no rockiness, is free of dents or bends, and has a bright finish.

Marks on the underside are "Kidney & Johnson," "N.Y.," and two oval pseudo hallmarks, one of which may be an arm and one possibly a bust.

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