Durgin "Watteau" Solid Sterling Blade Ice Cream Slice
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A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.
The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.
Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor variation.
There is a script "JW" script monogram in this instance.
It is in excellent condition. The handle remains solid, securely attached to the blade, and without any splits or dents, while the pattern details are still sharp and clear. The blade has a somewhat rubbed gold wash finish on both sides. It has a smooth, even surface, free of bends or marring.
Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle collar, and "Sterling" on the backside of the blade.