Gorham "Ivy" Shell Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.
This 8 11/16" long, 2.0 T. oz., likely berry serving spoon, is an early example in the line, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co," which saw time-bound use. It is also stamped "Patent 1868" and "Sterling."
It has a stylized, shell form, bowl that has scalloped edges with pointed accents. This is finished in a bright gold wash on the interior.
The backside is monogrammed in an embellished, Old English, "D" monogram, while the front is engraved "HR" in script on the cross bar which is part of the design.
It is in choice estate condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is lustrous. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, and retains most of the gold wash.