Coin Silver by Maker
George Bechtel/George Augustus Eno ICE CREAM SERVER
An American coin silver ice cream server, mark of George Bechtel and George Augustus Eno, Philadelphia, circa 1860, the blade engraved with diaperwork and foliate scroll work, the handle with a beaded border; length is 10 5/8", weight is 2.30 troy ounces. One method of serving ice cream during the 19th century was to bring the confection to the table in a single block, either by itself or in a baked crust, and serving it in slices. Sterling silver ice cream servers or slices were used to serve the delicacy. In 1802 a guest at the President's house said that Mr. Jefferson served ice cream in a piping hot crust which "...crumbled into thin flakes."