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Jones, Ball & Co Antique Coin Silver Covered Dish, Boston, 1853-55

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This is an early and exquisite example of Boston coin silver. The octagonal form is exceptionally executed and made with heavy gauge silver. Each of the raised panels is engraved with stunning floral scenes aside from one panel which is engraved with the initial 'S'.

Applied to two edges are raised pieces, also engraved. The cover has cutouts on its outer edge to fit onto these pieces to keep it secure on the bowl. The cover is also quite an achievement with its octagonal shape and plain, stepped surface leading up to the dome. Stunning engraving decorates the dome and finial surmounted with a simple ball.

While there is no evidence of a liner, this may have been an ice bowl that is now missing one.

This magnificent item is marked underneath 'JONES, BALL & CO/ BOSTON/ PURE SILVER COIN'. It measures 6.5 inches wide by 5 inches high, weighs 18.80 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition although the interior has many scratches from use.