Gorham Egyptian Revival "Isis" Sterling Preserve Spoon
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.
"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.
This example is a 7 3/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.
The handle is tubular, surmounted by a rectangular cube with a tipped end. It has an Old English "D" monogram on one facet.
The gold-washed bowl is plum-shaped, and has a central groove leading to a pointed tip. The backside has a double loop attachment with the handle.
It is in excellent condition. There is slight loss of the gold and minimal scuffing in the surface in the bowl interior, plus one very subtle flat spot, and otherwise there are no signs of use.
Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."