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Watson "Meadow Rose" Sterling Silver Cucumber Server

Watson "Meadow Rose" Sterling Silver Cucumber Server
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A 1907 pattern first introduced by Watson and continued in production by Wallace after its acquisition of the former company, "Meadow Rose" is a softly Art Nouveau design.

It incorporates clusters of wild rose blossoms at the tip, midpoint, and bottom of the handle, which is bordered by scrolling acanthus leaf detail. Overall, this arrangement bears a marked similarity to Gorham's "Buttercup," of a slightly earlier vintage.

This 6 1/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., cucumber server is an early example, made by Watson and marked with that company's "pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling."

At 2 3/8" in diameter, the server is almost large enough to accommodate tomato slices. Given the two forms, cucumber and tomato, are identical in most pattern lines, it is sometimes a close call to define a particular piece.

The blade is artfully reticulated in a free style that is decidedly Art Nouveau in nature. One edge has prongs, while the side opposite is scalloped and upraised, and has a slight rim.

There is a script "F" on the handle.

It is in excellent estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and crisp. The blade is flat and even, with no bends or crimps in the metal. The overall finish is bright and warm.

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