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S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" Small Solid 10.15 Silver Knife

S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" Small Solid 10.15 Silver Knife
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This 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., knife is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the peculiar-to-Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin silver. This specific combination of marks was used 1846-61 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

Small and with an elongated blade, its function is indeterminant. Perhaps it is a butter or other spreader.

Whatever the purpose, it is an early example of the Repousse style for which Baltimore silver in general, and Kirk in particular, is well-known.

In excellent condition and never monogrammed, it is without polishing wear and retains a warm finish. The blade is even and free of bends, nicks, or burrs, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age.

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