8 Matched Gorham "Old Medici" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."
Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.
"Old Medici" is a dense, figural design that is subject to polishing wear. These retain all the intricacy of their original production, showing only minimal evidence of use. The main figure is a woman holding a bucket and all elements of her portraiture are fully articulated. The same is true of the satyr-like set midway down the handle, along with the other elements of the design. The bowls remain well-shaped, free of tip wear, dents, dings, or burrs.
The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates a Chinese or Japanese character. This further locates the set to their 1880 patent date, which was a period when there was a great deal of fascination with Far Eastern themes, expressed in all sorts of ways such as these monograms.