Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.
This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.
It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged shoulders, a vee shape in the heel, and retains a portion of its original gold wash front and back sides.
There is a "LMS" script monogram.
It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, nicks or burrs. The finish is lustrous.