Gorham No. 435 Sterling Cast Bon Bon Spoon
Model number "435" made by Gorham, a similar companion piece numbered "437" appears in the company catalog of 1892 (see image 2). Measuring 4 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this form is sometimes identified as a tea caddy spoon, but the catalog illustration establishes it as a bon bon spoon. Such pieces were higher order in the Gorham stable and extra effort was invested in their design and production. They are also generally heavier than comparable pieces in full line patterns. This piece is cast, which provides for a higher level of fine detail, and results in a satin matte finish. The design is an ensemble of acanthus leaves, florets and shells. There is a reserve, but this is without a monogram or removal. The backside is plain save for the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," and the number "435."