Rare, Original Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Ideal Olive Spoon
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A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."
It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.
Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with the name of the retailer, Boston's one time "Smith, Patterson Co."
It is without a monogram and in perfect condition. The pattern remains fully defined, and the finish is lustrous, and there are no bends, nicks, or burrs.