Howard "Josephine" Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.
Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus leaves set either end and midway on the handle front, plus the handle back tip and heel of the bowl, and a crossed ribbon border, all reflecting a French sensibility.
There is an Old English "M" monogram on the front and a knob back.
It is in outstanding condition. Polishing wear is minimal and the finish is bright, with a warm patina. The bowl remains perfectly-shaped and free of dents, nicks, burrs, or tip wear.
Marks are the three part Howard four leaf clover emblem and the word "Sterling."