Gorham Grecian Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
It seemed to be a mid 19th century practice to create large cheese scoops, and this example made by Gorham in Grecian follows that mode. It measures 9 3/8" long and weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz. In keeping with the pattern, the shank is tubular (and solid), with the fan or leaf element of the design surmounting the end. The scoop itself presents rather elegantly, with a long, slender shoulder area, and high, sweeping sides on the relatively demurely-scaled working portion. This is entirely original, and not made up from some other piece. The backside has a bold period "AR" monogram that only enhances the sense of antiquity of the piece. It is in outstanding condition, showing no wear other than light surfaces scratches consistent with age. It is marked "Patent 1861," which is the customary stamp for Gorham's Grecian.