KIRK STIEFF Â®The Smithsonian Barware Collection This is a detailed reproduction of an 18 th century wine coaster that is located in the collection housed at the National Museum of American History. The museum is one of the group of buildings that comprise the Smithsonian Institution on the mall in Washington, D.C. The wine coaster incorporates intricate engraving of lustrous silverplate to create a truly distinctive design. Kirk Stieff went on to produce a tray and napkin rings using this design, but the wine coaster is the only true reproduction. Â DESCRIPTION Material: Silverplate metal with a solid turned wood, felted bottom Condition: Very good/excellent with no signs of use. Size: Diameter 5 inches, height of silverplate 1.5 inches. Vintage: 1980âe(tm)s
Both Kirk and Stieff were silversmiths in Baltimore Maryland. The two companies merged in the mid-1960's to form Kirk Stieff. Beginning in the 1940's both companies manufactured fine pewter reproductions for the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration Foundation. This continued after the buyout of Kirk Stieff by Lenox and ended altogether at the turn of the 21st century. Their products for several American historical sites and homes are prime collectables.AKA Kirk Stieff Pewter Â The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.