Tiffany "King's" aka "Saratoga" aka "Cook" Sterling Silver Youth Spoon
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In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."
The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.
This example is from the earliest period, and is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat." and a lower case "m," this letter indicating it dates 1873-91.
It is a youth spoon, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon. It measures 6 1/8" long and is substantial weight at just over 1.2 T. oz. It has a bowl also just bigger than a teaspoon and which in this case is finish in a gold wash front and backsides.
The reverse of the handle is engraved "Carrie" in script.
It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains crisp and well-defined, evidencing no polishing wear. The bowl is well-shaped and free of dents, nicks, or tip wear. There is some loss of the gold finish and one shallow, but visible, scratch on the inside edge. The finish is warm and bright.