Unusual Durgin "Watteau" Ramekin or Terrapin Sterling Silver Fork
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Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.
It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.
The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools. It has an asymmetrical shape decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with slight variation.
There is a delicate, script "MKS" monogram set sideways on the handle.
The condition is excellent. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined with scant polishing softening. The bowl is free of nicks, burrs, or bends. The overall finish is bright, with an even patina.
Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem, and the name of the retailer, "J. R. Reed & Co.," Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.