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P Fries & Son, Phila., "Antique Engraved" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter

P Fries & Son, Phila., "Antique Engraved" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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A decorative item, this 5 7/16" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter has a rounded end Antique handle with a Tipt backside.

The front is bright cut engraved in a floral, starflower like, pattern along with a fancy, feathered script, "AMJ" monogram.

The essentially round, 2" diameter, pierced bowl has a scalloped edge, coffered sides, and a raised circle in the base. The interior has a satin matte finish that is wriggle work engraved with "pom pom" like detailing that matches the design on the handle.

The backside is plain, save for the marks, which are "Sterling" and "P. Fries & Son," for Phineas, a Philadelphia jeweler and silversmith first working in a partnership with John Fries, then son Edgar 1866-94.

Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths notes in her entry about Phineas, that "wreath swaged handles are known."

In flawless condition, this is without wear or damage and has a warm, soft finish overall. The engraving remains crisp and well-defined and the bowl is without dents, bends, or tears.

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