Geo. C. Shreve Custom "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.
It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."
The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.
One, the handle is reticulated, with the remaining areas precisely engraved and bright cut. Two, the entire bowl is novel to Shreve. A 2 3/4" by 2 3/8" by 5/8" deep oval, it has shoulders decorated in a rose motif and is finished in a rich, matte gold, front and back sides.
The interior is engraved in a finely rendered, stylized, "SB" monogram.
It is in mint estate condition. Clearly maintained as a cherished item, it shows no noticeable wear or damage.