Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Pea or Ice Spoon
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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.
The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front and back sides of the handle. A single blossom bursts forth in the heel of the bowl, which also has leafy detail on the flange shoulders.
In superb estate condition, this is without a monogram or removal. Pattern details remains crisp and well-defined, and the overall finish is bright and even. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or bends.
Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, St. Louis' renowned "E. Jaccard Jewelry Co."