Matched Pair Gorham No. 88 Sterling Jelly Spoons
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The design on these two, matched spoons is commonly referred as Lily, Lily of the Valley, and Number 88 (which usually appears on the backside of this 1870 design).
They are 7 1/8" long, weighty, and have the same "MHO" period monogram on the reverses. The pattern is intricate and has open work on the top of the handle. It seems to reflect similar design inspiration as Gorham's Egyptian Revival "Lotus" of the same period.
The stylized shell-shaped bowls have a frosted finish on the interior, along with a pale gold wash. These remain with their original presentation box that is imprinted inside with name of the St. Louis premier retailer "D.C. Jaccard & Co." The underside also has a paper label on which is hand written, "Lily Jelly Spns GC."
The condition of the silver is mint. The spoons show no signs of wear whatsoever. The box shows extensive exterior deterioration, while the interior blue satin is aged and torn in places.
The spoons are marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1870."