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International Sterling Silver "Cloeta" (Grape) Ideal Olive Spoon

International Sterling Silver "Cloeta" (Grape) Ideal Olive Spoon
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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a scalloped edge, wavy bottom, and gold finish.

Second, it is a long-handle version, measuring 7 1/2" rather than the regular 6" length.

It is in flawless condition and without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains sharply defined and crisply rendered. The finish is bright and even. The bowl is free of bends, nicks, or breaks, and retains most of the original gold wash.

Marks are the indian head emblem of the Wilcox & Evertsen division of International Silver, "Sterling," and "Pat. Oct. 27. 03."

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