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Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" c. 1870 Sterling Silver Fish Slice

Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" c. 1870 Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a raised or curved upper edge, and the proportions are some slender as well, measuring 5 5/8" long by 2" at the widest.

The blade surface has an engine turned background, and floral, leaf, and scroll period engraving around the margins and a central reserve area.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for the marks.

It is in excellent condition. There is slight softening of the engraving from polishing, and otherwise no signs of use. The blade remains flat, even, and free of bends. The overall finish shows a bright patina.

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