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Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon

Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polishing wear, while the bowl remains perfectly shaped and free of dents or other damage. The finish is lustrous, with a natural patina.

Marks are "Coin," "Patent," "1855," a "star," which is likely a journeyman's mark, and an obliterated retailer's stamp.

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