Gorham "Versailles" Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.
The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides is finished in a gold wash.
The piece is without a monogram or removal and is mint estate condition. The full sized female figure holding a cherub retains clear detail, as do all other elements of the design. Polishing detail overall is minimal and the finish is lustrous. The bowl is flawless, free of bends, burrs, or nicks.