Gorham "Fleury" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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The pattern "Fleury" is comprised of delicate, but fully elaborated, wild rose blossoms, leaves, and stems, entwined with acanthus leaf and scroll detailing, all interpreted in a French manner as would be expected from the pattern name.
It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," emblem, and "Sterling."
Pieces in this line tend to be large scaled, and that is the case with this master butter knife, which measures a lengthy 7 7/8" long and weighs just under 1.5 T. oz.
This is solid silver, with a flat handle that arcs downward where it joins the scalloped upper edge and gently upswept, slightly beveled, lower edge blade.
There is a lightly engraved, script lettering, "DAG" monogram on the handle front.
It is in excellent condition. There is no visible polishing wear, and the overall finish is bright and even. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or burrs, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age.