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An important and complete service for twelve including (132 pcs. total): (12) dinner knives (7.5"), (12) luncheon knives (8 1/8"), (12) spoons (6"), (12) cocktail forks (6.25"), (12) iced tea / parfait spoons (7.75"), (12) dinner forks (7.5"), (12) luncheon forks (6.75"), (12) salad / dessert forks (6.25"), (12) dessert / place spoons (6.75"), (12) butter paddles (6"), and (12) serving pieces including sugar shovel, master butter knife, cake knife, pastry server, cheese server, jelly server, gravy ladle, large serving fork, cold meat fork, (2) piece salad set, and large serving spoon. Each piece marked "Allan Adler 0 Handhammered Sterling." As each piece is handmade, the lengths listed are approximate. Allan Adler is a celebrated American silversmith who learned his art from another great California silversmith, Porter Blanchard, in the late 1930s. Adler developed a strong following among many Hollywood celebrities (even hosting Katherine Hepburn at his workbench as an apprentice), presidents, museum curators, and silver collectors. He described his work as "clean lines with a bent toward the unconventional," as is evident in this large service. This entire service was completed during Adler's lifetime and takes a California twist on modern Swedish silversmithing design with hand-hammered surfaces to the front of each handle and the back of each bowl (for spoons).
187.5 total weighable troy ozs.
Expected surface scratches consistent with light use.
$6,000 - 9,000