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Durgin "Empire" Sterling Serving Fork Retailed by Shreve San Francisco

Durgin "Empire" Sterling Serving Fork Retailed by Shreve San Francisco
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A large item measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this serving fork has four tines, the outer two of which are notched. The serving end has a cupped heel with decorated shoulders and is finished in a gold wash front and backsides.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

The pattern was made by Durgin and issued in 1895, and in this case, retailed in San Francisco as indicated by the "Shreve & Co." stamp on the backside. Other marks include "Sterling" and "Pat'd."

There is a script "CLB" monogram on the front in the reserve area.

In excellent estate condition, this retains clear pattern detail with minimal evidence of polishing. The tines remain straight and even, and are without burrs, bends, or nicks. There is slight loss of the gold. The overall finish is warm and even.

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