Gorham "Virginiana" Pierced Sterling Cracker Scoop
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Large, pierced servers such as this 8 7/8" long, just over 3.5 T. oz. one in "Virginiana" by Gorham may be cracker scoops, Saratoga chip servers, or pea or ice spoons. The common point in all these forms is that they have generously proportioned working ends (this is 4" long by 3 3/8" at the widest by 1" deep), and are generally pierced, as this is. They are relatively uncommon, and sought after, items and hold a high place in any pattern line.
This is a very fine example in outstanding condition. It has an Old English "E" monogram and shows slight traces of an original gold wash in the bowl.
The pattern is a commanding example of Art Nouveau design. "Virginiana" reflects keen adeptness of imagery in its portraiture. The detail embodied in this highly articulated poppy pattern is impressive. The folds of the petals, the linear quality of the leaves, and the enveloping flow of the pattern elements as they encircle the handle, reflect the purest essences of the mode.
Marks are the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904."