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American Coin Silver Medallion Crumber - Circa 1860
With the exception of the medallion of a soldier or mythological god at the top of the handle the entire pattern is all superbly done hand engraved design. The bowl (for want of a better word) of the piece has a slight rim on it's right side with a taller rim on the left and thru the top area. The backside is all un-patterned silver with the exception of presentation located at the top of the handle. It is in the old english style and reads "SLF"
The silver is in excellent plus condition with no rips, holes, dents, cracks, deep scratches/abrasions or repairs. You will find some of that light surface scuff from use and old style abrasive cleaners as is normal with antique silver. There are two light scratches across the bowl. The longer one across the top when viewed with a 10 power loupe appears to possibly be a drag line from the engraving tool. The smaller one on the lower third of the bowl appears to be an actual scratch. On photo #2 on the edge of the handle you see what might be perceived as a ding, it is a rub spot where an un-experienced person tested the silver content.
The only marks are on the backside of the handle and are the number "2" (design or shape number) and the word "COIN". For those not familiar with American coin silver it is 900 parts per 1000 silver (Sterling is 925 per 1000). The US used coin silver before converting to the English standard of 925.
With the bowl on the table and the handle angled up into the air the piece measures approx. 11 5/8" long. The bowl measures approx. 7 1/16" long x 2 3/16" wide. Today this lovely piece can be put in a coin silver collection or be used for numerous purposes on your holiday or party table.
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