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Imperial Presentation Silver Ice Bucket

Imperial Presentation Silver Ice Bucket


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Asia Trade: Pre 1920: Item # 1266713
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14380 Shoreline Highway
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I love the three-dimensional effect of this pure-silver ice bucket, a tribute to the genius of Japanese metal smiths. Bamboo-form trim is so exquisitely detailed as to seem almost detachable; in places it actually stands free! Probably an Imperial commission, the monogram and crest of the French Pretender, Albert-Louis de Bourbon, rises in high relief from the shimmering martele ground – superb! The main body of the bucket is approximately five inches high and 5-1/4 inches in diameter at the top, about eight inches high with the handle up. Hallmarks indicate highest silver content, almost pure; weight is 18 ounces Troy. Condition is excellent ,commiserate with age, with some bottom dimpling that can be straightened out by a competent silversmith.