Durgin "Marechal Niel" Sterling Tablespoon
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Items such of this 8 3/8" long table or serving spoon are rapidly disappearing from the open market place given the surge in scrapping old silver in recent years. Part of the appeal of a pattern line like 1896's "Marchel Niel" by Durgin, lies in its exceptional weight, 2.4 T. oz. in this instance, and that amount of silver has high value simply as a commodity, i.e. for "melt."
Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.
This is a very fine example, showing only light polishing wear consistent with age, and without a monogram or removal. The bowl is well-shaped and free of tip wear, and the finish is lustrous.
Marks are the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "H.G. Shupp" of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.