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Ball Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Berry Spoon

Ball Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Berry Spoon
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$85.00

Striking in scale at 8 3/4" long overall with a large, 3 3/8" by 2" at the widest, shell form bowl, this 2.2 T. oz. berry or other serving spoon dates to the mid 19th century.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant developed by Michael Gibney (later marketed by Whiting) and in this instance retailed by New York's prominent "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "Sterling," is imprinted on the handle backside.

The name "Benedict" is engraved on the front, while "ABG" appears on the reverse. Based on style, the name appears to be original to the piece and the monogram added later. Presumably the middle letter "B" indicates a (female) descendent of the original owner.

This is in superb condition, showing no wear and having a bright, even, finish, save for a dulled area on the back where the handle rests. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or nicks.

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