Gorham "Lotus" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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Markedly emblematic of the Egyptian Revival movement of the 1860s, Gorham's "Lotus" remains one of the most compelling silver flatware designs of the period.
It was issued in two versions, one with solid spaces between the three fronds at the terminus of the handle, and one open between them. This 8 7/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon is an example of the former.
The line characteristically runs to a large scale, and that is the case with this. While the dimensions of a typical berry spoon, it is actually a preserve spoon, one size smaller than the even bigger berry.
The handle stem is faceted and appears to be "wrapped" in multiple places.
The plum-shaped bowl is deep with a grooved base and slightly pointed tip, and in this instance is finished with a gold wash.
The backside of the handle is plain save for the marks, which are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the word "Sterling."
It is in outstanding condition and without a monogram. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is bright and even. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, but shows some paling of the gold finish.