Rare Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Flat Server
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A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.
This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.
It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There is a slightly upraised area at the end. The entire surface is finished in a partially rubbed, original gold wash.
The front of the handle has a fancy "H" period monogram, while the backside is engraved "1897." This is the date of issue of this pattern, so this piece is a very early example of this line.
The condition is outstanding. There is no pattern wear and the blade remains flat and free of bends or nicks. The finish has a fine patina.
Marks are "Sterling," "Pat'd," and the name of the retailer, "Hansel, Sloan & Co.," Hartford, Connecticut. There appears to be a residue of the Durgin "D" emblem at the bend of the heel, but this is heavily rubbed.