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Unger "Douvaine" Figural Sterling Silver Olive Spoon, Pierced Bowl

Unger "Douvaine" Figural Sterling Silver Olive Spoon, Pierced Bowl
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The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down the lower part of the handle clear to the pierced bowl.

The piece is without a monogram and in mint estate condition. Every bit of detail remains sharp and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or breaks in the piercing, and retains a very pale gold wash front and back sides. The soft, satin finish is warm and even.

Marks are the Unger "entwined U and B," "Sterling," and "925 Fine."

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