Durgin Aesthetic Engraved Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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Made by Durgin, whose early bird encircled by stars mark appears on the backside, along with the word "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, "J.N. Baker," this 6 7/16" long, just under .6 T. oz., sterling silver sugar spoon has several unusual and quite engaging features.
It has a singularly shaped bowl that is pear shaped with notched shoulders and added scalloped detail on the tip. The bowl and flat handle are extensively engraved in an Aesthetic manner. The bowl features a butterfly or moth alighting upon a leafy stem with a single flower. The work is intricately rendered and true to life. The margins of the bowl retain portions of an original gold wash.
The engraving on the handle is equally fine to that in the bowl, but is more representational. There are two rosettes that dominate, one decidedly floral, and one that could well be the template for a rose window. There is a reserve, but no monogram or removal. The backside is plain save for the aforementioned marks.
The condition is outstanding. Apart from the noted loss of gold, there are no signs of wear. The engraving remains crisp and sharply defined.