Boxed Set 12 Gorham "Imperial" Coin Silver Egg Spoons
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Gorham's "Imperial" is a mid 19th century, twisted handle design that incorporates a notched end handle with leafy elements that are reminiscent of "Olive." Wood & Hughes had a counterpart pattern. The patterns so closely parallel each other that they are nearly indistinguishable unless set alongside one another. Gorham's examples are rarely marked, while Wood & Hughes' almost always are, and this can be another way of distinguishing them.
This group is a set of 12 matched, Gorham version, 4 13/16" long, coin silver egg spoons in their original fitted presentation box imprinted in gold, "Baily, Chapman & Co., 205 Wash. St., Boston." The group weighs 5.4 T. oz. They are all monogrammed on the backsides "C.K.D." in Old English lettering and have gold wash finishes in the bowls. This is polished away to varying measure on several of the pieces, and fully intact on others.
The condition of the spoons is excellent. Pattern detail remains clear. The bowls are free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The box top and bottom are detached and there is scuffing on the leather covering and wear to the satin and velvet interior, but it still retains its basic integrity.