Towle "No. 38" Square Bowl Sterling Preserve Spoon
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Towle produced a number of engraved patterns in the 1880s, some of which are known by the name of the flower they portray, at least two, "Florence" and "Gladys," by women's names, and the remaining by numbers.
This 7 1/4" long, moderately heavy 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon is "No. 38" in this family of designs.
As with other similar pieces, it has a rounded, up-turned end, and satin matte finish. The bright cut work incorporates Aesthetic elements combined with leaf and floral detailing. The flower appears to be some sort of pom pom.
The bowl form is one used exclusively by Towle in this period. It is a 2 5/8" by 1 7/8", relatively deep 5/8", rectangle with a central vee running from the join with the handle. It has a matte gold surface on both sides, and is engraved on the interior in a design that matches the overall pattern.
The otherwise plain backside is engraved with a fancy script "E."
It is in exquisite condition, showing virtually no wear. The engraving remains crisp and well-defined, with edges retaining their original diamond surfaces. The bowl is free of any burrs, nicks, or dents. There is an exceptionally fine patina.
Marks are the Towle emblem and the word "Sterling."