A really nice Victorian Era sterling silver repousse serving tray by the Mauser Silver Co., circa 1900. Tray measures 11" by 7" and weighs 6 oz. troy. The repousse pattern is one of vines, leaves and clusters of grapes; nice patina. The script initials in the center appear to be "RJg". The reverse is stamped with the Mauser hallmark, sterling and 925/1000 FINE. It is really a lovely piece of sterling holloware.
Mauser Mfg. Co. originated in MA in 1887, moving it's operations to New York a few years later. The company merged with Mount Vernon Silver Co. in 1903, and was later acquired by Gorham. The Mauser unicorn mark was used primarily between 1887 and 1903. Mauser was know to have made some of the most beautiful naturalistic sterling silver in America in the late 19th/early 20th century.
Condition: Excellent with a few very shallow pinhead sized dings,(difficult to see without very close inspection); a small 1/4" ding-scratch and a couple of small dark spots that could be removed with cleaning. Reverse has a couple of small areas of scratches, not visible from the front. If anything, we try to overstate any flaws; you actually have to really look for issues, as none are major.
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