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A.E.B. Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Early 19th Century Footed Bowl

A.E.B. Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Early 19th Century Footed Bowl
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Standing 4 1/2" tall overall on a splayed, 2 1/2" high, pedestal foot that is 3" across on the bottom, and with a bowl measuring 4 1/2" across, this solid silver footed bowl or small compote weighs 7.2 T. oz.

Designed and executed in an Arts & Crafts manner, and likely dating from the early 20th century, it appears to be hand formed, showing, for example, distinct hammering marks on the underside of the foot that carry through very subtly to the exterior surface.

The bowl, which somewhat resembles an urn or pot, is tiered, and has an applied rim on the lip, as does the base of the foot.

It is stamped on the underside "A.E.B." and "Sterling," which is a teasingly difficult mark to identify.

Albert Edward Bonner was a renowned English A&C silversmith whose style and dates would correspond with this, but there is no ready evidence to be found that indicates he produced for the American market; so, while a possibility, lacking English hallmarks, this attribution would be a stretch.

Maker aside, the piece stands on its own as of exceptional quality and crafting. Never monogrammed or inscribed, it sits evenly, is free of dents, bends, or other signs of use, and has a bright overall finish.

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