Overall: 10 3/8 x 3 x 1 1/2 in. ( 26.4 x 7.6 x 3.8 cm )
engraved: on the handle: "MGH" in script stamped: on the underside of the blade: "A. E. W." in a rectangle
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.
The initials "MGH" refer to Mary G. Howard, who married William Hughes Gilder in Baltimore in 1856.
Gift of Louise S. Gilder, 12/14/73
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