The La Tosca pattern was introduced by the Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company in 1900, and this lovely 7-1/4" pierced tomato server in that pattern is stamped "SSMC Sterling" on the back. In 1905, W.H. Saart Company was founded by Wm. H. Saart in Attleboro, Massachusetts. When his brothers joined him in business a few years later, the company acquired some of the dies of SSMC, including the popular patterns of La Tosca, Simplicity, and Rosebud, and continued to make those and introduce new patterns until 1930. The width of the scalloped shaped flat bowl is 2-1/2". The tomato, or flat server, is one of the most versatile pieces of all silverware, being also used to serve cucumbers and other foods as well. This serving piece has graceful piercing and a good old patina with the many tiny scratches that comes with age. Towards the end of the handle is a tiny round etched spot (1/16" in diameter) that you can see if tilted in the light. This classic pattern has an understated elegance and beauty and would make a nice addition to your sterling. Thank you for looking.
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