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Katherine Pratt Boston Art Crafts STERLING SILVER LEAF Tea CADDY Spoon

Katherine Pratt Boston Art Crafts STERLING SILVER LEAF Tea CADDY Spoon
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ABOUT: This tea caddy spoon with scalloped leaf shaped bowl was made by Katherine Pratt (1891-1978), one of a handful of female silversmiths from Boston who worked and exhibited in the early 1900s. RARE and Important piece of early 20th Century American Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver with a hammered spoon bowl and curved tendril handle. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston under instruction from George Hunt, graduating in 1914. Beginning in 1917 she studied under George Gebelein of Boston (who had worked for Tiffany & Durgin). In the late 1920s, her designs were influenced by those of the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. Not commonly found, her pieces have occasionally sold at high end auction houses and a few can be seen on display at the Met Fifth Avenue and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Unique piece with the curved stem formed by hand. Leaf spoon bowl is hammered on the back side with a smoother finish on the inside. MEASUREMENTS: The spoon measures about 3 3/4" in length with the leaf bowl about 1 3/4 inches wide. It weighs 17 grams. MARKS: Marked PRATT Sterling on the back. IMPORTANT CONDITION NOTES: Please note this is in estate condition with quite a lot of surface wear and scratches from use and polishing over the years that I tried to show in pictures. Some deeper utensil nicks and scratches on both sides of the spoon bowl made more evident by the mirrored finish in that area, and a few stubborn tarnish spots. No pin dings but there is a slight curl on one edge that I pointed to in photos, not drastic but I don't think it was made that way. The handle is still perfectly formed. Please note this 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! I would be delighted if you'd follow me in my new store. Thanks for stopping by! 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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