Durgin "Louis XV" Large & Heavy Sterling Cheese Scoop
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A fully original item, namely, not made up or adapted from another piece, this cheese scoop measures 8 1/4" long and weighs an extraordinarily heavy 2.9 T. oz.
The pattern is "Louis XV," introduced in 1891 by William B. Durgin.
An extravagant Rococo design, it features high relief shell, acanthus leaf, scroll, floral and other elements set in a dense, asymmetrical, array.
Both sides of the handle have reserve areas, with the front one engraved with an elegant, period "CM" monogram.
The scoop itself measures 2 3/4" long, has high-walled sides, a rounded tip, and is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.
It is in mint estate condition. There is no visible wear, with all the detail of this intricate pattern remaining sharp, clear, and well-defined. The finish retains its original brilliance, while the scoop is free of bends, burrs, or nicks.
Marks are Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling." The name of the retailer, "Marsh & Hoffman," Albany, New York, is imprinted on the edge of the thick shank.