Durgin "Fleur-de-lis" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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Dating from 1886, which is relatively early in Durgin's line-up, and a pattern not readily found, "Fleur-de-lis" manifests an understated elegance.
The large, applied, fleur-de-lis motif is set in high relief as if it were carved. It is also embellished with added detailing, such as beaded banding around the lower section and scrolling, leafy highlights.
This example is a 7" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.
The bowl is particular to Durgin. It has a swirled interior, in the manner of a stylized scallop shell, and modified pie crust rim.
The otherwise plain backside has a flowing, Art Nouveau "ATP" monogram. It is also marked with the Durgin "D" company emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co."
It is in exceptionally fine condition. There is no visible wear, and the hand-polished-only finish is brilliant.