Durgin "Marechal Niel" Sterling Tablespoon
Items such of this 8 3/8" long table or serving spoon are rapidly disappearing from the open market place given the rise in the price of 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." Apart from its heft, Marechal Niel 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 an outstanding 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.