Victorian 1885 Antique Sterling Silver Foster & Bailey Amethyst Letter Opener
Victorian Era Antique Sterling Silver Foster & Bailey Amethyst Letter Opener Foster and Bailey was an American silversmith that operated between the years of 1878 and 1898. Prior to that the firm was known as White & Foster, from around 1873 up until 1878. Between 1898 and 1951 the company continued to operate under the name Theodore W. Foster and Bros, however it used the same "F&B Sterling" hallmark on its silver as Foster and Bailey, which can make it difficult to determine when a piece was made.
The firm was based in Providence, Rhode Island and made small sterling silver, silver plate and gold items for the home and personal use, such as hair brushes, compacts, hat brushes, hand mirrors, dresser jars, shoe horns and button hooks. The firm also made jewelry, including lockets, brooches, and earrings. This is a Foster & Bailey Sterling Amethyst letter opener that is in near mint condition. This is hallmarked with PAT'D STERLING F&B. This measures 4.90 inches and is quite solid in make.