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Durgin "Mary Had a Little Lamb" Engraved Sterling Silver Mug

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Durgin "Mary Had a Little Lamb" Engraved Sterling Silver Mug
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Standing 2 5/8" high, having a diameter of 2 1/4", a maximum span of 3 3/8" to the end of the handle, and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this child's cup was made by William B. Durgin in the late 19th century.

It is a charming period piece inscribed "Marion" over "1880."

This is engraved with two scenes, one of which is particularly appropriate to the name. One portrays a girl with a bonnet on the ground beside her; she is petting a lamb, evocative of the children's rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

The second image is of presumably the same girl seated on a bench, this time with her hat on her head, holding a biscuit that she is feeding to a swan.

The outside top of the rolled rim is engraved with a repeating dart, berry, and wriggle work motif.

Apart from showing extensive shallow body dents, suggesting Marion had a vigorous hand, and probably did not long tolerate an empty mug, the piece is otherwise in very good condition. The hollow handle is flawless, showing no splits, nicks, or dings, and remains securely attached to the body, which remains round. The engraving is crisp, free of polishing wear, and the finish is bright and even.

Marks are Durgin's early "bird surrounded by stars" emblem, "Sterling Silver" arched over "925/1000," and the model number "35."

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