Gorham "Morning Glory" Sterling Preserve Spoon
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A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting.
It represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers. Even such detail as the decorative wire that wraps the end of the handle is functional and hand applied.
This example is a 7" long, 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the characteristic plum shaped bowl with a central rib and pointed tip that was used with this line. This is finished in a bright gold wash on the interior and has a period "AK" monogram on the backside. The edge of the back is also imprinted with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."
It is in mint estate condition. There is no damage and virtually no observable wear.