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Durgin "Bouquet" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle

Durgin "Bouquet" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle.

The primary image is a sunflower, with wild roses and poppies on the lower portion of the handle.

The essentially round bowl is plain and retains portions of its original gold wash front and backsides.

The handle reverse is engraved "M. Chaffee." in fancy script lettering.

In excellent condition, this evidences no polishing wear and has a warm, even, finish. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or burrs, but shows one dimple in the inside heel of the bowl, the consequence of a small scuff on the backside.

Marks are Durgin's early "bird surrounded by stars" emblem and "Sterling."

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