Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Engraved Berry Spoon
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Syracuse was a major center of silver manufacturing in the second half of the nineteenth century and this piece is an example of the quality of that city's output.
It is an 8 1/4" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon made by Joseph Seymour.
The pattern is "Duchess," which dates from 1877. It reflects the Moresque and renaissance revival sensibilities of its period, having a dense, tapestry-like design set against a finely lined background that lends it a parchment look. There is an oval reserve that in this case is engraved "B&JS" in script lettering.
The bowl is artfully designed. It has a scalloped rim while the interior is finely engraved with bright cut and wriggle work. It has a matte finish and a very pale gold wash.
It is in mint estate condition. Apart from minimal light surface scratches, there is no evidence of use or wear. The finish is even and lustrous.
Marks are "Sterling" and "Patd. 1877."