Prominent American silversmith Samuel Kirk began his manufacturing company in Baltimore, 1815. The company carried on under the name S. Kirk & Son or S. Kirk & Sons and Co Sterling or CO or INC independently, until it was bought out in 1979 and became The Kirk Stieff Co. The repoussé pattern has been in use since the 1800's but the stamps marking each piece can date the pieces to a particular time. There was a lot of confusion about dates for similar looking pieces but a book, published by Kirk & Son called, 'The story of the House of Kirk' explains the story of the first 99 years of the company. Thereafter, records from the revised book, 'The story of the house of Kirk' from their 1965 publication, can be used to date pieces accurately.
This beautiful example of their work is in fine condition and is not monogrammed. The spoon bowl shows signs of use, with scratches and pitting, which adds to its history, as from 1930 onwards, it would have fed a lot of babies. The inside markings are stamped S. Kirk & Son and Sterling mark, which dates this piece to the 1930's. Though true repoussé is a hand made pattern, Kirk made a concerted effort to keep the pattern looking handmade and different dies were used to create this effect. The spoon handle is decorated with an array of finely detailed foliage, flora and flowers and is very impressive. It would be a fine piece to present as a Christening gift or new baby gift. Another functional use for this item is as a baby spoon, silver is a naturally potent antibacterial agent, making it the perfect choice to use for eating.
Dimensions are as follows:
Length 9.6 cm x Width 3.3 cm x Thickness 0.5 mm - 1.5 mm
Weight 20.48 grams