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Bailey Kettell & Chapman "Bead" Coin Silver c. 1855 Berry Shovel

Bailey Kettell & Chapman "Bead" Coin Silver c. 1855 Berry Shovel
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$165.00

This lengthy, 9 1/8", and weighty, 3.2 T. oz., berry scoop or shovel has origins in Boston, marked for "Bailey. Kettell & Chapman," 1854-58. It is also stamped "Pure-Coin," which is a characteristic New England term.

The handle is a die struck "Bead" pattern that appears on both the front and back sides. There is a cursive "EWL" monogram inscribed on the reverse.

The generously proportioned, 3 1/2" by 2 3/8", scoop is engraved with a highly detailed and finely rendered motif that portrays an elaborated "Basket of Flowers" motif, which in this instance includes fruit, as befits the piece's function (see image 2).

This is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear and possessing a warm patina. The bowl is free of bends, dents, or cracks, while the engraving remains crisp and well-defined.

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