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iconnumber posted 01-06-2004 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randerson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi I'm a new member to this site. Thanks it looks like I'm about to learn a lot. I recently purchased what I believe to be an 18th century fish slice. I really didn't know what it was when I bought it, I just thought that it was beautiful and early. There are no hallmarks, just a couple of initials that look to be hand incised. The handle juncture has a shell design and a stylized fish. Upon close inspection the fish even has scales lightly engraved into it. The baluster shaped wooden handle is tipped off with an ivory finial. Could anyone identify the maker or origin of this piece? Am I correct in my assumption that it is 18th century?
Thanks for your help!!!!!


If for some reason the pictures are available it could be because I've never used an image host before. I would be happy to email anyone the pictures.


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iconnumber posted 01-06-2004 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forums,

A very handsome specimen. It is indeed a fish slice, probably early 19th C but possibly late 18th. The zig-zag scratch was made by the assayer to take a sample of the metal. The scratch means it is almost certainly Continental European. I am not sure which country, though. Perhaps one of our other readers will recognize the style. Regardless, well spotted!


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iconnumber posted 01-06-2004 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill H     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Handsome indeed! You might enjoy paging through "Antique Silver Servers for the Dining Table by Benton Rabinovitch 1991[available at most larger libraries]. This book has many pictures of servers, primarily fish.

You will find examples in the Trowel section that are quite similar to your servers form. They date from the last half of the 18th century and are identifed as both fish/cake trowels.

I would agree with Brent that this is probably Northern European and I would date it ca 1780>

Good eye.


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iconnumber posted 01-07-2004 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi randerson and welcome to the forums.

I don't have anything to add, other than that I really like the basketweave design on the blade. Nice find.

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