Salver

1880–90
Samuel Kirk & Son (active 1846–1861, 1868–1896), Samuel Kirk (American, 1793–1872), Henry Child Kirk, Sr. (American, 1827–1914)


Object Place: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 15.5 cm (3/4 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

63.1041

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

This circular salver sits on three cast ball-and-claw feet. A chased rim surrounds a border of repousséd and chased flowers and foliage. A reserve wreathed in foliage marks the center of a diaper-patterned ground.


Small but richly decorated salvers such as this were produced in Baltimore as early as the 1820s.1 This example displays a variety of decorative techniques in its flat-chased wreath of foliage, ringed with a diapered surface and repousséd and chased floral band and tooled rim. The diminutive ball-and-claw feet add to the eclectic mixture of styles. The salver may have served in a front hall as a receiver for calling cards.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None

Markings

"S. KIRK & SON” in italic letters and “11 oz” both struck incuse on bottom.
Ada Mark X

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Abbott