Durgin "Chrysanthemum" All Sterling Fish Knife
The smaller of two fish knives Durgin offered in its "Chrysanthemum" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and is very heavy, weighing just under 2.0 T. oz. It is flat handled and solid sterling silver. It is inscribed "Groff" in a feathered script on the blade, and "1896" on the handle. The blade is also stamped with the retailer's name, in this case Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co." This piece is in very good overall condition, in that it is free of bends, breaks, or other damage. It does show, however, enough polishing wear to result in noticeable softening of detail. The maker's mark is rubbed away, but "Sterling 925/1000 Patent" remain clearly imprinted.