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David Carlson 8 1/2" Diameter A&C Hammered Open Sterling Silver Bowl

David Carlson 8 1/2" Diameter A&C Hammered Open Sterling Silver Bowl
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The online source Sterling Flatware Fashions notes that David Carlson was a "Boston Society of Arts & Crafts 'Master Craftsman,' . . . [who] worked with Arthur Stone until 1919 then operated his own shop [in Gardner, Massachusetts] until his death in 1931."

He produced both flat and hollow ware, but was a specialist in the latter, as this open, 8 1/2" top diameter, 3" tall, 12.1 T. oz., footed bowl illustrates.

It has a dramatically splayed body with a rounded bottom and applied rim on the outside edge. The entire surface shows hand hammering marks, more pronounced on the exterior than the interior.

The outside wall is engraved in a block letter "W over R * H" monogram that is appropriate to the A&C style and circa 1925 period of this.

The base is 3 1/2" in diameter, 3/4" tall, has a rimmed lower edge and, matching the body, a hammered surface on the rise.

The overall graceful shape, balanced proportions, cleanness of execution, and brilliant finishing collectively reflect the highest standards of this mode of work, and in particular evidence Carlson's exceptional level of skill.

Apart from some slightly dulled, once tarnished but now hand polished, spots on the interior, the bowl remains in pristine condition. It is without bends, scratches, or dents, and shows a brilliant finish.

Marks on the underside are "Sterling" and "David Carlson."

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