Gorham "88" aka "Lily" Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon
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An early Gorham pattern dating from 1870, "Lily" is often referred to as "88" because that number frequently appears on the backside of pieces.
The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.
This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer, Cincinnati jeweler "A&J. Plaut."
It is an 8 1/2" long, relatively heavy, 1.9 T. oz., table or serving spoon. It seems that place pieces in this line are less common than serving ones, so that makes this somewhat unusual.
There is a fancy script, engraved "MSD" monogram on the reverse.
It is in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains clear and sharply defined. The bowl is well-shaped and without tip wear, dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish has a warm luster.