John Polhamus 'Oriental' Pattern Antique Coin Silver Pie Server, NYC, c. 1860
This lovely pie server was made by John Polhamus (Polhemus), one of New York City's most important makers of the period and a major supplier to Tiffany & Co. before Tiffany started producing their own silver. 'Oriental' is a lovely pattern featuring intertwined scrolling emblems at the top of the handle and the base of the reserve, which is also used on the back. A simple bead and thread decorates the rest of the handle below the reserve, monogrammed 'EGL.'
The shaped blade with raised edges is beautifully engraved with a lovely floral and foliate scene.
This lovely server is marked 'JP. Patent 1855 and by the retailer 'OWEN.' It measures 10.25 inches long, weighs 3.50 troy ounces and is in very good/ excellent antique condition.