Gorham Chicago Herald Figural Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
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A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.
Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.
Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a bay projecting from the upper portion of the building (see image 2). An enlarged portraiture of this same figure surmounts the end of the handle. He appears to be a courtly figure, and obviously is a messenger, i.e. herald. He has a sword in his left hand, a horn raised to his lips in his right hand, and a "CH" on his tunic.
It is in mint condition, with no signs of wear or damage. A cast piece rather than die struck, it has the finely textured surface that technique enables. It also appears to have a very pale, gold toned, overall finish.