Arthur Stone Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Claret Spoon
Commonly referenced as a claret spoon, one reliable online source prefers to identify this 11 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., piece as a lemonade soon, while another suggests it was intended for a mixture of fruits and berries soaked in alcohol, in the manner of sangria, rather than wine. Indeed, the 3" long, 1 3/4" at the widest, bowl on this would be too large and sharply angled to fit in a claret decanter, but it would fit a pitcher. It was made by Arthur Stone whose "hammer over name" mark appears on the backside, along with "Sterling," and "B," standing for the studio craftsman, Blanchard or Brown in this instance. It has a reverse tipt, pointed antique end. Both sides of the handle, and the backside of the bowl have subtly hammered surfaces, while the inside of the bowl has a smooth finish. There is an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The condition is flawless and there is a natural, brilliant patina.