Towle "Arlington" Solid Sterling Large Cheese Scoop
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A fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece, this large, 8 1/4" long, heavy, approximately 2.0 T. oz., cheese scoop was made by Towle as identified on the reverse. Other marks include "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "L.L. Mason."
Dating from 1884, Arlington is a dense, multi-motif, repousse style, floral design with a plain backside, which in this instance is free of a monogram or removal. It is highly detailed and intricately wrought. It shows particularly well at this expanded scale.
The scoop has a gold wash finish on both front and back sides. Apart from one rubbed patch near the interior tip, this is completely intact. This same area has a bit of surface scratching as well. Otherwise, the piece is in mint estate condition, showing no polishing wear, bends, burrs, or nicks, and having a fine finish.