Howard & Co Antique Sterling Silver Letter Holder, 1886
This elegant letter holder is a wonderful desk accessory. Made from heavy gauge silver, the panels have shaped edges and are beautifully pierced with a scrolling foliate design. Depending on your preference, the central divider is removable.
According to the Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater, Howard & Company was located at 264 Fifth Avenue in New York and were jewelers and silversmiths. Howard & Co. made outstanding silver and had shops in New York, Newport, London and Paris during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Owner J.P. Howard had a deep passion for excellent design and quality execution.
This lovely letter holder is marked underneath 'HOWARD & CO/ NEW YORK/ STERLING/ 1886'. It measures 6.25 inches wide by 3.5 inches deep by 5.75 inches high, has never been engraved and is in excellent antique condition.