Fabulous & rare antique to vintage George IV era Black, Starr & Frost hallmarked sterling silver & intaglio glass 5" square paperweight style inkwell, ornate ribbon & foliate decoration and in wonderful condition! WOW, what a beauty! Thick & heavy glass, the piece has a total weight of nearly 2.5 lbs and is in superb condition! Quite unique with the squared base and circular ink reservoir, it nearly looks as though the latter is resting in the former though it's all one sold piece. The back of the lid/hinge is marked "Black, Starr & Frost, Sterling 3155".
Founded in 1810 by Isaac Marquand – a silversmith whose family immigrated from France – Black, Starr & Frost opened as Marquand & Co. in New York City, making it the oldest continuously operating jewelry firm in the United States. At that time, two store clerks – William Black and Henry Ball – eventually joined the firm, which became Black, Ball & Company. In 1912, the company – by then named Black, Starr & Frost – moved to New York City offices at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 48th Street, known as the diamond district. Later, in 1929, the company merged with Gorham, one of the most reputable of American silversmiths. Over the years, Black, Starr & Frost has had a number of notable clients such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnigies, Guggenheims, Bunny Mellon, Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Here's a lovely excerpt from their current website:
From kings to Carnegies, royalty to Rockefellers, princes to presidents, museums to Marilyn, Black, Starr & Frost, America’s First Jeweler Since 1810 has served American elite with exceptional jewels and gracious service since the earliest days of American history, and well before any other jewelry brand was even conceived. Today, Black, Starr & Frost is the oldest, continuously operated jewelry firm in the country. The men who lead this iconic brand were trailblazers and innovators, bringing many firsts to the world of luxury and fine jewelry, starting in New York City and ultimately expanding to 33 locations a century and a half later. Today, the most important luxury jewelry brand is poised for the next two centuries of excellence and exceptional experiences.
Very good to excellent condition. I see no chips, no cracks, damage or repairs. Some light scuffing to the bottom possible but, it's superb, as you can see in the images. See pictures for all measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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