Over the years, we've bought and sold many pieces of Blossom. This one is in exemplary condition, with gentle hammer marks on spoon bowl and fork tines; each petal of the blossom with full detail.
Though one wishes that Mr. Lownes might have eaten his spinach before striking the bird, we feel that the overall rarity of such an item outweighs this issue.
While the dates for this firm are generally given as 1837-1850, the style and construction of this spoon is would tend to indicate that it was made several years before 1837...
DeMatteo produced objects for Colonial Williamsburg, and often used designs by the 18th century Virginia silversmith James Geddy as his inspiration. These were marked I ˖ G in addition to the usual trademarks (see third photo).
Over the years, we've bought and sold more than a few items by the DeMatteo family. This is unquestionably the best we've had the privilege to offer.
McDannold first worked in Mt. Sterling, then in Covington. Though his work is not quite so scarce as that of some other makers, it is quite a happy event indeed to find a set of Kentucky spoons in such exemplary condition.
Frequent readers of our little web page will know that we are loath to present any item which is not in good condition, but there are occasions when rarity (and price) will overcome this issue.
One usually assumes that design travelled from the Continent to the States, and my first thought upon seeing this spoon was that Durgin had taken extreme liberties in copying a French design. Although Dauphin certainly has French influences, this does not appear to be the case, here...
Having spent a considerable amount of time in Paris, Tiffany's chief designer Edward Moore was impressed with the French system of art education, which required students to draw and model from nature. He instituted a similar program for apprentices who aspired to work for his own firm.
That influence shows here in the trailing bellflower decoration...
Though we've managed to capture the color and motion inherent in this stone, our photo does not show the little iridescent gold flecks which also distinguish this piece of agate.
English examples are scarce, but American coin silver agate handle flatware has nearly vanished from the market...
This pattern has always been a personal favorite. Note the expressiveness of the eyes, which you may examine up close in photo number three.
Tuck Chang worked in Shanghai, and this piece dates from about 1890...