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John Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server Engr'd "Julia"

John Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server Engr'd "Julia"
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A prominent Hudson River Valley silver manufacturer operating from the 1840s to the 1880s, John L. Westervelt of Newburgh introduced the "Ivy" pattern that appears on this 8 1/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., jelly cake server in about 1870.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, which in this instance is engraved "Julia" in leaf script lettering on the front.

This form is characterized by a narrow, typically triangular-shaped, blade, and that is the case with this. There is a central vee that runs the length of the blade. The shoulders are cupped and have flanged shoulders with notches.

The surface is extensively engraved in a design that is Moorish in manner, with Aesthetic detailing (note the ferns). The front and back sides retain a portion of an original gold wash finish.

In outstanding condition, this is free of polishing wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or nicks, and the engraving remains crisp.

This is marked "Sterling," along with a "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark, and "John L. Westervelt."

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