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Watson Sterling Art Nouveau Cast Citrus Spoons

Watson Sterling Art Nouveau Cast Citrus Spoons
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$ 55 grapefruit, $ 45 orange

More characteristically thought of as citrus or grapefruit spoons, catalogs of a century or more ago commonly identified this form as an orange spoon.

These two examples were produced by Watson and may be one each, orange and grapefruit spoon. They vary in size, the larger measuring 6" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., while the smaller one is 5 5/8" long and weighs just under .7 T. oz. The variance may be an indicator of use.

They have similar, high relief, intricately detailed, leaf and fruit designs. This is Art Nouveau in style, which is consistent with their c. 1905 dating.

The smaller one shows blossoms which appear to be orange, while the bigger one has more robust looking fruit, suggesting grapefruit. The bowls are alike in form, having pointed tips, flanged edges, and rippled bases. The smaller spoon has a matte gold finish front and backsides. It also has a script "E.E.B." monogram on the backside, while the larger one is without a monogram or removal.

The condition in both instances is mint. There is no damage or polishing wear, and the bowls are flawless, free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

The mark on the grapefruit spoon is the Watson Mechanics pennant, while the orange spoon bears the three part "crown, W, lion," Watson emblem.

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