Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.
Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.
The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the backside, which also has an Old English "G" monogram.
This example is a 5 5/8" long, almost .9 T. oz., melon spoon. The bowl has an unusual shape and is one predominantly, if not exclusively, used by Durgin. Sometimes the piece is identified as an orange or pap spoon.
This is in superb condition. The pattern detail remains precisely rendered. The bowl is without nicks, dents, or burrs. The finish is bright.
Marks are the Durgin "D" and "Sterling" on the handle back, and "Pat'd." on the bowl.