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Dominick & Haff "Labors of Cupid" Old Sterling Silver Teaspoon

Dominick & Haff "Labors of Cupid" Old Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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Measuring 6" long and weighing a heavy 1.3 T. oz., this teaspoon is an early example of Dominick & Haff's figural, 1900 date of issue, "Labors of Cupid" pattern, the image on this being a cherub sitting at a table with a cup in hand.

It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, retaining all the precise detail of the original design, and visible for example in such as the grain of the table, the weave in the basket holding fruit, or the spindles in the chair back appearing on the handle reverse.

Its unworn state may be explained by the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "Uncle Dunnie to Margaret," offered in very fancy, embellished script, lettering (see image 2).

The affection embodied in this piece is all but palpable and no doubt Margaret, or her family on her behalf, treated this as a cherished artifact and not an implement for use, and it has been preserved this way for more than a century.

It is marked "Sterling" and with the Dominick & Haff three part emblem.

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