3 Pieces Farrington & Hunnewell "Oak & Acorn"
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Not formally named, the pattern on these three pieces is an "Oak and Acorn" motif that was produced by Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell. It dates c. 1865.
It is an engaging, double die struck (meaning it appears on both sides of the handle) design, singular for its time, and considerably more detailed than the common patterns of the period, such as "Olive" and its variants.
It was produced over a period of time that straddled the switch from a coin to a sterling silver standard, with these three examples demonstrative of that. It was also offered through numerous retailers, a fact again exhibited by these examples.
One is a 7" long, heavy 1.5 plus T. oz., dessert or oval soup spoon stamped "Sterling" and with the "Farrington & Hunnewell" name. It is engraved "Charlie" in script on the handle front.
The second piece is a 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife with rubbed marks "Currier & Trott" and "Pure Coin." There is a script "WJP" (?) on the reverse.
The third item is a 4 1/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon identified as "J.E. Caldwell & Co." with "925" in an oval, and with a feathered script "KL" monogram on the front.
They are all in very good condition, retaining well-shaped forms and having fine finishes. They show some softening of pattern detail resulting from polishing wear and consistent with their ages.