Fancy Durgin Pierced Handle Sterling Asparagus Server
Similar in look to Durgin's 1887 "Alcazar" but more elaborate, the pattern on this 9 1/2" long and heavy, 4.7 T. oz., asparagus server is an identified but unnamed pattern in that company's lineup. The handle is highly elaborated and fully articulated on both the front and back sides of the handle. The design is rococo, featuring scrolls and leaves asymmetrically arrayed, with large areas of open work between them. There are saw marks on the inner surfaces of the reticulation, suggesting this aspect of the work was hand crafted or at least hand finished. Indeed, every aspect of the piece evidences precise die and finishing effort, as would be associated with Durgin. The shoulders of the five tine serving end incorporate a floral and swag-with-bow design that Durgin used across several lines. The crossbars joining the five tines are leafy scrolls. The central tine has a script "S.M.G." monogram engraved on it. This is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no polishing wear or damage. Marks are the word "Sterling," the Durgin "D."