Double-bladed server

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Overall: 11 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. ( 28.6 x 6.7 x 4.4 cm ) Silver Weight: 6 oz (troy) (186 g)
stamped: on the underside of the lower blade: "W. GALE & SON/ NEW_YORK/ 925 STERLING" and "G/ &/ S" in a rectangle over, "1/ 86/ 2" in a diamond
Silver sandwich server with ovoid handle decorated with bright-cut and wheel-turned ornament has shield-shaped reserve at front; pierced, flat blade sprung tongs with raised scalloped edges, lattice-shaped piercing, and all over foliate engraving; baluster stem with spear-shaped joint and bright-cut decoration along lower blade; curved, rectangular thumb lever also has bright-cut and wheel-turned decoration; maker's hallmarks stamped along underside of lower blade.
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The popularity of silver and electroplated service utensils during the mid-nineteenth century is illustrated by the growing array of specialized forms, including asparagus tongs, cheese scoops, fish slices and forks, serving forks, ice tongs, soup ladles, punch ladles, sauce ladles, sifter ladles, berry spoons, and nut spoons. This double-bladed gadget, with pierced upper blade, lever hinge, and larger lower blade, resembles oval or trowel-shaped fish slices and pudding and double-bladed asparagus servers made in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century. The relative paucity of surviving double-bladed servers today implies that they were expensive, had limited functionality, and were not especially sought-after.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Descent unknown. Purchased from S. J. Shrubsole, New York, in 1983, with funds from Robert G. Goelet.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group