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H&S Twist Handle and Engraved Coin Silver Berry Spoon

H&S Twist Handle and Engraved Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860's.

It is an especially fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside. There is a shield-shaped reserve on the front, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal. The shell bowl is generously proportioned, has engraving at the join with the shank, and retains most of its original gold finish on the interior.

The condition is effectively mint. The piece is free of mars, evident wear, and has a fine finish. The engraving remains crisp and sharp.

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