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J Westervelt "Medallion" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife

J Westervelt "Medallion" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was a significant silver maker of the second half of the 19th century.

Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers notes that he produced a "number of standard patterns," plus "at least half a dozen fancier, die struck patterns, including a Medallion pattern," of which this lengthy, 8 1/8", 1.4 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is an example.

In his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatware, D. Albert Soeffing remarks of this design, "This staid portrait of a rather plain woman is one of my favorites."

The overall pattern is architectural in manner. The handle, for example, has a pedimented top and raised detailing set on a columnar form.

The backside is plain, save for the marks which are Westervelt's "star, lion, D" emblem and the word "Sterling." (This pattern was made in both coin and sterling silver.)

The blade is set at a right angle to the flat handle, has a scalloped upper edge, and is engraved in a floral period design front and backsides.

In very good condition, this is free of bends, cracks, or other damage and has a warm patina. The pattern detail remains well-defined, with only slight softening from polishing on the high points of the design and on the engraving.

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