AMERICAN COIN SILVER REPOUSSE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS. Detailed history of Kirk coin and Kirk family dates and lineage is shown below. This wonderful pair of matching silver shakers is made from a heavy gauge of silver standing 4 1/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide at the base. The pair weighs 120 grams (4.1oz) The respousse work is by hand and displays a floral and leaf pattern against a mottled background. Detail is crisp and clear and each cellar bears a scrolled cartouche with the original owners initials. The salt and pepper helmet form tops are very good condition and fit firm and tightly. Hand carved leaf work culminate in a teardrop finial and the flared lip to the base bears hand engraved notches. Each cellar stands on a sloped circular foot and is clearly stamped S. Kirk & Sons 11oz (for coin silver). Kirk made COIN silver from the early days of 1815 and into 1896. They did not start making 925/1000 silver (Sterling) until the mid 1880s. The coin silver will be marked either 11OZ or 10.15. Coin silver was made from… Coins, that were melted down and remade into silverware and hollow wares. We lost a lot of American history when much of the old coin silver flatware was “traded in” when Sterling Silver was bought. The coin silver was melted and pure silver added to bring it up to the. 925 standard of sterling. COIN silver from S. Different from later coin silver after 1868. Refer to the pages posted below to see the mark. The “&” is different than the later mark. The early “&” is a bit fancier. You have to look close to see the difference. Baltimore’s prominent silver manufacturing company, Samuel Kirk & Son, dates its beginning to 1815 when Philadelphia-trained Samuel Kirk finished his apprenticeship under James Howell and moved to Baltimore. Attracted by the prosperous port, Kirk opened his shop at 212 Market Street (later known as 106 Baltimore Street) with fellow silversmith, John Smith. After the partnership was dissolved in 1821, Samuel Kirk carried on the business alone until his eldest son, Henry Child Kirk, became a partner in 1846. During this early period Kirk introduced to America the repousse treatment for silverware. Repousse means formed in relief and refers to a pattern which is beaten or pressed up from the reverse side. Kirk’s technique was probably inspired by East India silversmiths, but his patterns were uniquely his own. In 1861 and 1863, respectively, two more sons, Charles Douglas and Edwin Clarence Kirk, were admitted as partners, changing the firm’s name to Samuel Kirk & Sons. The Civil War and its aftermath created an economic slump in the silver business causing Charles and Edwin to become discouraged. When they withdrew from the partnership, the firm reverted to the name Samuel Kirk & Son. The item “RARE S. Kirk & Sons Coin Silver Salt Pepper Shaker 1861″ is in sale since Wednesday, February 27, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Salt & Pepper Shakers”. The seller is “ftpaaae” and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
- Age: 1860
- Composition: Coin Silver
- Maker: S. Kirk & Sons
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