This is a very Early 1850's - 1860's Sterling Silver "Buckwheat Cake Server " with an Engraved Scene. According to: D.Bennett Silver Magazine in the Nov.Dec 2005 Issue, this server is pictured and he states it is marked " Haddock, Lincoln & Foss " Sterling Circa 1850-60. This Server is an exact match to the one pictured in this Magazine article. It has the Retailer's Mark of "G. C. Shreve & Co ( for George C. Shreve ) on the back of the handle. It measures 7 7/8" in length. The Round Server measures 2 5/8" by 2 5/8" and the Handle measures almost 1" across at its widest part. The Server is thick and has a nice heavy weight to it. It is Monogrammed on the Handle with a fancy engraved "JP". The Server has a wonderful engraving of "a Serving Tray Border Edge design around this piece with fancy Rococo curling, leafy designs at the bottom part of the Server which measure 2" across the server and 1" at the widest part. ( which is towards the Handle) There is another Border of edging 5/8" into the server and in between the (2) Border edgings, it has an engine turned design of 1" all around the server. It looks like a series of repetitious lines and groups of what looks like dots, but are actually lines and points. In the middle of all of this is a Oriental Garden Scene with a Gazebo with a privacy fence around it and steps with an arrangement of flowers in an Urn and Flowers and Greenery in the background. This a very Lovely, very well done Server and the Engraving is just Superb! It is in wonderful condition. We owe so much to a "Wonderful Customer" who helps us out with information from time to time on our Silver Pieces. What a Great Friend!
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