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Knowles "Argo," C.D. Peacock, Sterling Silver Fried Oyster Server

Knowles "Argo," C.D. Peacock, Sterling Silver Fried Oyster Server
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A large, 9" long, 2.7 T. oz., server in Knowles' "Argo" pattern, this piece is marked with the company's "standing lion with a K" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat.," the number "41," and the name of the retailer, Chicago's "C.D. Peacock."

It has a large, oval bowl with a scalloped upper side with a flange rim, and a pierced lower edge with prongs. The entire surface front and backsides is finished in a gold wash, while the interior is engraved in a leafy design with wriggle work detailing.

It is likely a fried oyster server, although this form varied widely and thus can be challenging to identify conclusively; furthermore, it is often all but indistinguishable from a macaroni server.

The "Argo" pattern was introduced in 1892 and incorporates high relief leaf and scroll elements. This piece is engraved with a flowing leaf script, Art Nouveau style "ESS" monogram running vertically on the handle front.

An estate item, this is free of wear or damage and shows a rich finish.

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