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Fine Large Pierced Gilt Sterling Sifter Ladle Spoon GEORGE B. SHARP

Fine Large Pierced Gilt Sterling Sifter Ladle Spoon GEORGE B. SHARP

Material:  Coin Silver

Maker:  George B. Sharp

Retailer:  Bailey & Co.

Hallmark:  Sharp's ~ Lion, S, Shield, Bailey & Co

Size:  Overall Length ~ apx. 7 & 3/4 inches,  Blade Width ~ apx. 1 & 1/4 inches

Quantity: 1 pair = 2 knives

Totally Divine! - that's the best description for this wonderful pair of antique coin silver knives and we only use this terminology for our absolute most favorite pieces.


These knives were manufactured by George B. Sharp apx. 1850's - 1860's, for Bailey & Co., a manufacturer who later became retailer Bailey Banks & Biddle, but used this mark from the 1840's - 1870's.


Dorothy Rainwater's book,  Encyclopedia of Silver Manufacturers, states that Sharp, as well as several other early silversmiths used the American shield in their hallmark as a a quality or silver purity mark, equivalent to our Sterling mark today. She also reports that a Bailey & Co. advertisement dated 1850 showed George Sharp's mark, accompanied by the statement that ~  All Silver Ware sold by them manufactured on the premises ~ Assayed by J.C. Booth, Esq., of the U.S. Mint ~ indicating that silver bearing their name was high quality, with guaranteed silver fineness, something that was  likely rather unusual at the time.


The knives are perfectly matched, with identical completely hand etched and brite-cut decoration. Each knife is lightly monogrammed within an elegant shield  cartouche / medallion, with a beautiful period script;  LMM

They were crafted of very heavy, extremely thick silver.  Combined weight is a considerable 4.85 troy ounces; one knife weighs 2.41 and the other 2.44 troy ounces.


The knives are in exceptionally nice antique estate condition, with no dings or dents and the fine, intricate pattern detail remains amazingly defined.  After examining both knives very closely the only thing noted is that the very tip of one knife is not quite as crisply pointed as the other. Extremely minor for 150+ year old all silver knives.


George Sharp is certainly known for exceptional quality and unique designs and these knives are excellent examples of his work;  extremely heavy, exceptionally well made and ornately decorated.  Additionally, this particular pair of beautiful antique knives remain in outstanding condition.

Divine Matching Pair Fanciest Engraved & Brite Cut All Coin Silver Antique Knives George Sharp For Bailey & Co ~ c.1850-60

$ 795.00

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