Albert Coles "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Scoop
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Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.
This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.
It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.
In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes the marked similarity between this pattern and one produced by William Durgin. He suggests they both drew from a common source, probably a design book.
The backside is plain save for Coles' three part pseudo hallmark and a fancy, feathered script "EMcM" monogram.
It is in superb condition, free of polishing wear or marring. The pattern detail remains well-defined and clear. The scoop is free of nicks, burrs, or dents, and retains a residue of its original gold wash finish.