Engraved "Pure Coin" Preserve Spoon with Shell Bowl
"Pure Coin" as is stamped on this item is a term usually indicative of New England origin, the Boston area in particular. The style of this 6 5/8" long preserve or jelly spoon is consistent with that locale and a date c. 1860. It has a flat, squared shouldered handle with a notched top. The surface is artfully engraved and diamond bright cut in a period leaf and scroll design with partly stippled background. The bowl is a well-formed scallop shell design that is finished in a bright gold wash. The backside of the piece is plain save for a script "E.E.W." monogram and the aforereferenced "Pure Coin" stamp. The piece is in mint condition, showing no signs of use apart from some loss of the gold wash finish, largely on the back side of the bowl.