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Ludwig, Redlich & Co. Antique Sterling Silver Fried Oyster Server, NYC, 1890-95

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One of the rarest and most stunning flatware items we have ever come across, this naturalistic American silver server is extraordinary. The design of the bowl and handle is fascinating - it is meant to be used as a left-handed server, something rarely seen in silver flatware. The handle is constructed of a twisting branch wrapped in seaweed and a large, conch shell. The bowl is formed as an oyster and exhibits lovely gilding to the front and back. Hiding at the base of the bowl is an applied crab. These assembled cast pieces closely relate to Gorham’s Narragansett pattern.

Adolph Ludwig and A. Alec Redlich started the company Ludwig Redlich & Co. in 1890. Ludwig previously worked as a designer for the famous firm of George Shiebler that was noted for its unique designs and stunning silver. Five years later, Ludwig sold his interest in the company, which then became Redlich & Co. (1) 

The 'Rusticana' pattern by Ludwig, Redlich & Co. - Ad from the Jewelers' Circular
Ad from The Jeweler's Circular

This magnificent server is marked with the trademark seen in the advertisement above and also 'STERLING/ 507’. It measures 9.5 inches long, weighs 2.55 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.


  1. Dorothy T. Rainwater, Encyclopedia Of American Silver Manufacturers, 4th edition (Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1998), p. 260.