Cake server

Object Number: 
INV.14538
Date: 
ca. 1856
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/8 x 3 x 1 1/2 in. ( 26.4 x 7.6 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the handle: "MGH" in script stamped: on the underside of the blade: "A. E. W." in a rectangle
Description: 
Silver cake server with a threaded oval handle-end decorated with scroll border; handle-end also engraved with foliate script initials, "MGH"; spear shaped handle terminal at joint with blade ornamented with foliate drop; flat wedge-shaped blade decorated along surface of obverse with deeply engraved foliate scrolls and chevron piercings surrounding central floral motifscrolls decoration; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the blade.
Gallery Label: 
The initials "MGH" refer to Mary G. Howard, who married William Hughes Gilder in Baltimore in 1856.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Louise S. Gilder, 12/14/73
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group