1859-63 Polhamus Bead ptrn long STERLING Silver CHEESE SCOOP. Solid sterling silver CHEESE SCOOP in the'BEAD' pattern which was introduced by John Polhamus of New York City in about 1850.
An additional backstamp for the retailer A. Rumrill & Co also appears on this piece. Alexander Rumrill was a NY silversmith in the 1830's but stopped silversmith work in 1840; continuing only in the jewelry and retail business until 1878 when Rumrill & Co was succeeded by Jacques & Marcus. This particular piece is an unusually long cheese scoop designed with a very stout spiraled handle that would have made it particularly useful to serve portions from a whole cheese on the buffet table. It would, of course, still function very well in that same capacity!
Cheese scoops of more than 9 in length are very seldom seen in today's market....... Overall length is 9-3/8" and the scoop itself is about 1-3/8" x 1-3/4. Net weight is 42.2 dwt (20 dwt = 1 troy oz). In excellent pre-owned antique condition.As can be seen in the pictures, there is a 3-letter monogram on the handle end. Although most would not find this mark objectionable it could probably be buffed away by a competent jeweler or silversmith if you so wished. Other than this monogram, the piece is problem-free; having no dings, dents, bends, heavy scratches, stains, repairs, or other significant issues of mention. Thank you for looking at, and considering this offering. To your Favorite Sellers list. The item "REAL Dutch Auction! 1860 Polhamus 9+ long STERLING Silver CHEESE SCOOP" is in sale since Wednesday, June 1, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "estate-archaeologists" and is located in Sun City, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.