Antique Bone Horn Silverplate Knife Rest Andiron Style Embossed Bands Ball Leg
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Antique Bone Horn Silverplate Knife Rest Andiron Style Embossed Bands Ball Leg:
Antique Bone or Horn Silver plate KNIFE REST,
Strange and fascinating antique knife rest with highly decorated silverwork. This knife rest’s bar is made from animal bone or horn; caribou, deer tine, moose prong – I can’t guess. It is banded on both ends with embossed silver wraps terminating in ball and-stand legs with up-thrust balls. The design is like a classic andiron, also called fire dogs. The embossing goes completely around each end and is formed of whirls and lines and round carvings. At one glance it looks like bear claws, at another horses’ heads with flying manes, at a third it looks like petroglyphs. I spent quite a while looking at it, searching for a signature, and was amazed by its detail and precision.
I believe the bells (in knife rests, the ends are called bells) are silver-plated, though it is possible they are sterling. The knife rest shows a beautiful patina of age and long ago in the past, someone has polished the silver; residue dust is visible in the silver embellishments under a magnifying glass. It is a wonderful combination of the refined and the rustic.
The knife rest measures just over 3 ½” long by 2”. The antler part measures 1 7/8” of that. It weighs a substantial 2.7 oz.
This remarkable rest will be mailed First Class with no charge for packing. Please check my seller’s response and offer with confidence.