Elaborate Durgin Rococo Sterling Asparagus Server
A known but unnamed pattern by Durgin, this design is French Rococo in manner. It is highly detailed, featuring scrolls, acanthus leaves, florettes, and beading arranged asymmetrically on the handle. The pattern repeats with slight variation on the backside. This example is a 9 1/4" long, 3.8 T. oz., asparagus server. The shoulders of the serving end follow after the overall design with an added floral swag with bow. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The serving end retains traces of an original gold wash. Other areas, such as the margin around the oval reserve, have delicate gold highlights. There is a light, script monogram, the letters of which are difficult to identify. The piece is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no polishing wear or damage of any sort, and the crafting is exceptional, as would be expected of Durgin. Marks are the word "Sterling," the Durgin "D" trademark, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "Bailey, Banks, and Biddle."