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"Dome Top" Large Sterling Silver 19th Century Serving Spoon

"Dome Top" Large Sterling Silver 19th Century Serving Spoon
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A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere, with a knurled band around its waist, with beaded detail below, and a very small, secondary ball at the top. Two grommet-like features flank either end of the five-sided stem.

There is an Old English "h.p.y." monogram engraved on the dome itself.

The bowl has scalloped, flange shoulders, an upraised tip, and shows just the faintest traces of what was an original gold wash.

Stamped "Sterling" and "Patented," the maker is uncertain. While George Sharp of Philadelphia is the name most associated with this style, the attribution for this could go to any number of contemporaneous makers, including Whiting, Gorham, and William Gale, all of whom produced kindred designs.

It is in very fine estate condition. The stem remains straight, and the dome is without any signs of wear. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or breaks. Like the rest of the piece, it has a smooth finish, save for several small dull spots where tarnish was polished away.

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