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Rare Duhme "Homeric" Hammered Sterling Silver Bon Bon

Rare Duhme "Homeric" Hammered Sterling Silver Bon Bon
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An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," this offers a portraiture of an actual personage, possibly Caesar or Cicero.

While rare, this is not entirely unprecedented. See image two (provided by a private researcher), which shows an advertisement from Howard Silver Company illustrating "Homeric" images that include historical characters as well as classical ones.

This is in exceptionally fine condition. There is no visible wear or other signs of use save light surface scratches, primarily in the interior of the bowl. The figure remains crisply defined and precisely articulated. The finish has a warm, even patina.

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