This is Sterling Silver Hollow Handled Pie/Pastry Server and is an original 1903 Frank Smith Lion serving piece. This is not the new re-issued Lion by Wallace. We have other pieces of this pattern in our Hill and Hill Store. Type "LION" in the search box at the top left side of this page to see what we have. This is a very popular pattern today as well as in the past due to its uniqueness in design. There is no other figural pattern by any other Silver Company that had a design that was considered even close. It has a full body figural lion figure that is around the the handle from front to back and even has the Lion's Tail that is wrapped around from the back to the front. This Server measures 10 1/4" in length. It is in excellent condition and has never been monogrammed. The Original Plated Steel Blade is in excellent condition and has the Frank Smith Mark. The old original Lion Pattern has the old Trademark of Frank W. Smith Co. Inc. The old Trademark has a Crescent Moon with an " S " intertwined in the moon and has the Lion standing up on the moon, along with Sterling PAT 1902. The new reissued pieces of Lion pattern are marked "Wallace Silver Co. " and do not have the wonderful detail of the figural Lion wrapped around the handle including his tail. If you look on sites of " Silver Matching Services ", they will list the old "Lion" pattern Frank W Smith Company as Old Estate Silverware. And will list the new "Lion " pattern by Wallace Silver Company as New Silverware. We have 3 pieces of " Old " Lion Pattern by Frank W. Smith : RL-3016 Lion Pie Server / RL-3017 Lion Sugar Shell Spoon / RL-3015 Lion Gravy Ladle with a Gold Finish in the Bowl ( this Gold Finish was only applied a long time ago (1900's -1920's) and cost extra ). The old fancy monograms are not even hardly done as it has become almost a lost art nowadays. The Pie Server that has a silverplated Blade over " steel " has not been done since the 1910's or earlier. If you look at the other pieces of Lion Silverware, you will be able to view the Frank W. Smith Trademark than on the Pie Server Blade. We will try to take a better, clearer pic of the Trademark on this piece soon.
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