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iconnumber posted 07-23-2018 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I was looking through some old silver today and found two servers that I had forgotten about. They are both fish servers; one by Harding from Boston and the other by Bailey and Co. from Philadelphia. The Harding one is a Olive variation and has a rustic depiction of fish strung up and hanging from a bow; perhaps awaiting their final cleaning. It notes a patent date of February 21, 1865.

The Bailey server has a completely different feeling with a lively fish almost swimming off the silver. Here the fish looks Chinese while the Harding fish look more like trout; however I am not a fisherman.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2018 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The engraver on the Harding server put in more than a trout. On closer inspection there seems to be a lobster claw, a flounder and maybe even an eel with its head hanging down. The engraving is more interesting than I originally thought.

I sometimes wish that engravers signed their work.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2018 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Delightful engravings.

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iconnumber posted 07-24-2018 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's my example of an engraved American one by Bigelow Bros.& Kennard. Not marked coin but I have no doubts that it is. I find these really charming for some reason, especially the nice engravings.

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iconnumber posted 07-24-2018 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great engraving Vathek. It really looks like it is swimming along.
Polly glad you liked the engraving- wish my photos were better.

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iconnumber posted 07-28-2018 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's amazing what you can find in some of the engraving detail when you really look. Fun pieces.

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