A rare pair of Sterling encased Mother of Pearl shell bowls by Baltimore jewelry designer Carl Schon. Circa early 1910's
Carl Schon manufactured novelty's and commissions from the 1890's, opening a shop in 1915 on Saratoga St in Baltimore until his death in 1923. His shop and name were purchased from his estate and the jewelry line went on until the late 60's.
The shells are encased in sterling silver with sea shells serving as the feet. The larger of the two bowls is marked
Carl Schon Baltimore - Sterling, the smaller piece of the set is marked sterling.
There are examples of similar that have been engraved as trophies for yaughting competitions.
The larger is @4 1/8" x 3 1/2" x 3/4" H
The smaller is @ 3 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 5/8" H
Each bowl has a patch on the shell that isn't as highly polished as the balance of the shell. Doesn't appear to be damage as much as an organic change in texture. Shown as well as possible in last photos.