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Bailey & Co., Phila., "King Honeysuckle" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter

Bailey & Co., Phila., "King Honeysuckle" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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A 6 7/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., item, this sugar sifter (or possibly a small pea or ice spoon) has a large, 2 1/2" by 1 3/4", shell bowl with scalloped edges and a pierced interior.

Philadelphia in origin, it is stamped "Bailey & Co." (later Bailey, Banks & Biddle), along with a "lion, S, shield, lion" hallmark. Bailey used "S" in its hallmark for sterling (and alternatively a "U" for coin silver). The second lion is also thought to be an additional designation for sterling.

The hallmark is also associated with George Sharp who worked as Bailey's manufacturing manager, 1852-c62 (Catherine B. Hollan, Philadelphia Silversmiths), which is the approximate date of this.

The pattern is a double sided King that Hollan identifies as a honeysuckle variant for the stylized flowers set midway on the handle.

In flawless condition, this is a very fine example of a quality period piece from a notable source. It is without a monogram, free of any wear, and has a bright finish.

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