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Shiebler "Kenilworth" Medallion Large Sterling Silver Pie Server

Shiebler "Kenilworth" Medallion Large Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Taking its name from the novel by Sir Walter Scott, "Kenilworth" originated with Albert Coles in the 1860s who made it in both coin and sterling silver, and was subsequently produced by George Shiebler, as evidenced by this large, 9 7/8" long, approximately 3.1 T. oz. pie or pastry server marked with Shiebler's "winged S" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle reverse.

Classified as a "Medallion" pattern by D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work on this design genre, he cites a May 8, 1895 article in the Jewlers' Circular and Horological Review which stated,

"The pattern has a beaded effect down the stem, while its main decorative feature is the girl's head in relief, with a hood at the top."

This piece has a circa 1885 date and shows the influence of then prevalent Aesthetic design sensibilities in the bright cut work on the ribbed and scalloped heel blade with a central vee.

The engraving includes a naturalistic strawberry fruit and leaf portraiture (appropriate to its use for pie), along with other leaf, grass, and non-representational elements.

The blade is thick, hence sturdy, has beveled edges and a plain backside with a soft, satin matte finish.

There is a precisely rendered, feathered cursive letter "RAC" monogram inscribed sideways on the handle front.

In select estate condition, this is essentially without wear. The figure remains well-defined, free of any blurring from polishing, while the engraving is likewise crisp. There are no bends, scuffs, or burrs on the blade and the overall finish shows a warm patina.

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