Antique S Kirk & Sons Art Nouveau Repousse Sterling Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set For Sale
Antique S Kirk & Sons Art Nouveau Repousse Sterling Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set
Antique S Kirk & Sons Art Nouveau Repousse Sterling Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set. Magnificent highly detailed Victorian raised pattern - check my photos. The set weighs 7.8 ounces on my postal scale. The bottoms are marked S Kirk & Sons 925/1000 sterling mark with monogram in fancy script - check my photos. Fine clean solid complete condition with no damage of any kind. Guaranteed genuine sterling by S Kirk.
Samuel Kirk apprenticed as a silversmith in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before opening his own shop in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1815. Kirk was known for his sterling silver repoussé work, in which shapes and designs are hammered into a flat piece of metal, such as silver, from behind rather than the front, which is a technique known as chasing. Samuel Kirk & Son or S. Kirk & Son, as the firm was known for much of its history, produced silverware, goblets, pitchers, tea services, and even postal scales. In 1979, Kirk was purchased by the Stieff Company.Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief.There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun "chase", which refers to a groove, furrow, channel or indentation. The adjectival form is "chased work".The techniques of repoussé and chasing utilize the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process, as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow, but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated.
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Antique S Kirk & Sons Art Nouveau Repousse Sterling Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set: $225