Shreve & Co Strawberry Design Antique Silver Gilt Salad Servers, San Francisco, 1883-94
A soft gilt surface covers the fronts and backs of the pieces. A stunning design of flowers and strawberries with incredible detailing decorates the handles. Various colors are incorporated into the design. These rare servers are some of the loveliest flatware we have ever seen.
The strawberry flowers are sterling, with the interior pistils being gilded. Surrounding these scenes is a lightly hammered textured surface. Similar designs above the tines of the fork and within the oval bowl of the spoon are also exceptional. These servers were likely a wedding gift to Louise Tevis Breckenridge on her marriage to Frederick W. Sharon in 1884. See here. As they bear French import marks, they probably spent time at their home in Paris.
Shreve & Co was one of the preeminent jeweler and silversmithing firms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in San Francisco. They made silver of incredible design and quality.
These amazing servers are marked 'GEO.C. SHREVE&CO/ SAN FRANCISCO/ STERLING' along with their 'bee' mark. They have done some traveling as they also are marked with French import marks. They measure 10.5 inches long, weigh a total of 7.40 troy ounces, and are in excellent condition.
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