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Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Pie Server

Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a quality example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt handle backside, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885.

The imagery is finely rendered in bright cut work set against a satin ground.

The broad, 2 3/4" wide by 4 3/4" long, blade, has scalloped shoulders and a large, raised shell motif in the heel. The flat, matte, surface is engraved in a repeat of the chrysanthemum design on the handle, with added asymmetrical features reflective of the Aesthetic or Eastlake taste.

Never monogrammed, this remains in outstanding condition. It retains crisp detail and is absent polishing wear. The blade is flat and even, without any bends, nicks, or burrs, and the overall finish shows a warm patina.

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