Gaylord Silvercraft Hand Wrought Tomato Server, c. 1930
This handmade piece has a wonderful hand planished surface on the handle that sparkles. The flat near-circular blade is hand pierced with a branch and leaf (almost wreath) design.
The Gaylord Sanitarium in Wallingford, CT, was a fine public sanitarium for the treatment of TB; their most famous client was playwright Eugene O'Neill. They ran a metal shop, the Gaylord Silvercraft shop, as part of the recuperative process for their patients. While one occasionally finds handmade arts & crafts silver with the shop mark, the actual maker is unknown.
This fine example of arts & crafts silver measures 7.875 inches long and 2.875 inches across the blade. Marked on the back 'STERLING', 'HAND WROUGHT' and with the Gaylord Silvercraft shop's trademark, it is in very good antique condition with scratches from use and has never been monogrammed.