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Colonial Silver Wick Trimmer - Portugal/Brazil ca 1850

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Colonial Silver Wick Trimmer - Portugal/Brazil ca 1850
A very rare form, this silver wick trimmer has marks from Oporto, Portugal, and is likely a colonial work, as it was common for Brazilian silversmiths to utilize marks from Portugal on their wares. The mark dates from 1853-1862, and the makers mark is APC in a rectangular cartouche. On the bottom is a "wiggle work" mark, which was done to assay the metal as silver. In very fine condition, the trimmer sits on three feet, with a ball on each foot, and is decorated with repousse cornucopias on the handles, and a parrot-like bird among foliage on the box; the designs are typical of Colonial works from South America, with lush foliate and natural details. The trimmer is 6 1/4" long and weighs approximately 3 1/2 troy ounces.


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