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Jones, Shreve & Brown "Olive" Rare Sterling Silver Fish Knife

Jones, Shreve & Brown "Olive" Rare Sterling Silver Fish Knife
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While "Olive" was perhaps the most popular pattern produced during the mid 19th century, and made by numerous manufacturers, with many examples consequently yet extant, this particular item is unusual.

It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., flat, solid silver, knife.

About the size of a master butter, it has a long, slender blade that comes to a point and is likely an early for its form, individual fish knife, and thus a scarce find for the period.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle, with the front engraved "Clara" in script.

The retailer, "Jones, Shreve, Brown & Co.," 1857-60, whose name is imprinted on the backside of the blade, was one of the predecessor firms that evolved into Boston's premier "Shreve, Crump & Low," and while this is stamped "Sterling," coin silver would be expected for its time.

It is in very good condition. There is some gentle muting of the pattern detail on the high points of the design, but overall clarity is sharp. The blade remains straight and free of bends, nicks, or burrs, and the overall finish is even and has a soft patina.

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