Durgin "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
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Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.
This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end.
The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines are pointed, free of bends or burrs, and the pattern detail remains well-defined. There are two noticeable scratched areas on the backside handle end and heel of the tine area. These are located where the piece rests and may reflect placement at some time on an abrasive surface. Please refer to image.
Marks are the Durgin "D" and the word "Sterling."