Gorham "Beaded" Coin Silver Ice Cream Serving Spade
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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.
It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more of a spade than a spoon form. There is a feathered script "SBH" monogram.
The condition is exceptionally fine estate. There is no polishing wear, the gold vermeil remains intact, the engraving is crisp, and the finish is lustrous.