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4 DURGIN Aesthetic Sterling Silver Cat Tail Lily Pad demitasse spoons

4 DURGIN Aesthetic Sterling Silver Cat Tail Lily Pad demitasse spoons
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ABOUT: These spoons have no maker's marks but are made by Durgin. I found the patent information from 1883 where William Durgin submitted the design and drawing. I can send a copy of the patent information to the buyer upon request. There is also a post attributing the "Pat. And. For" and "STERLING" mark of this style to Durgin on a reliable Silver Forum. These spoons are earlier than Durgin's more common cattail design (which was from 1898). Fantastic and very well made set of FOUR demitasse or coffee spoons by Durgin with a single cat tail handle and a faintly gold washed, textured lily pad design on both sides of the spoon bowl with venation, and a stem winding up the handle. It also looks similar to the Rusticana line by Redlich as they had designed bowls and the winding stem up the handle as well. Very sturdy, unbendable spoons so better quality craftsmanship than some of your average pieces. NO MONOGRAMS on them. MEASUREMENTS: Measures 3 7/8" in length with a shallow / flat bowl. Combined weight is 41 grams. MARKS: Marked Sterling on the back and Pat. Apd. (For patent applied for.
) IMPORTANT CONDITION NOTES: Please note this set is in estate condition with some surface wear and scratches from use and polish and a few areas of stubborn tarnish. They don't seem as if they were frequently used. But Please note that due to age, this set is not in mint condition. I dearly love, collect, use and sell antique American sterling silver flatware and housewares including Tiffany and Co., Gorham, Durgin, Shiebler and more! Georg Jensen, “the father of Scandinavian Silver,” on the occasion of his 60th birthday remarked, “Silver is the best material we have. The character of silver is satisfactorily obstinate, it has to be conquered – and then it has the wonderful moonlight luster. [It] can seem like twilight, or, when it dews over, like ground mist rising.” I COULDN'T AGREE MORE : )

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