A beautiful and rare Shiebler sterling serving piece in the "Maintenon" pattern. Adding to the overall graceful form of the piece is the greenish-blue and white enameling on the handle and the white and pale lavender enameling on the gently curved bowl. While this form is quite uncommon it is generally found in plain silver and the addition of the enameling raises this to a rarity level. (It is generally acknowledged that some of the best enameling work done in the United States in this period came from the Shiebler factory. Two special artists were employed for this work alone.)
Fully marked in a shaped cartouche on the back of the handle are the Shiebler wings centered with an "s", the pattern number, and the word "sterling". Following this is the name of a very upscale Boston store, Bigelow and Kennard and Co. which thought highly enough of Shiebler to contract with them for a line of silver products.
Condition is excellent, with no issues or restoration. The length is 8 1/2" and the maximum width is 3 1/4".
NOTE: In 1875 George W. Shiebler (Baltimore 1846 - New York 1920) purchased the business of Coles & Reynolds, manufacturers of silver spoons and in 1876 began the activity under his own name.
Shiebler and his company, in addition to their very fine general reputation, were especially noted for their medallion work inspired by the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. For an example of this see item #s237 on this site.
In 1910 Shiebler failed in business, dissolved the firm