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Gorham Number 267 Sterling Silver Olive Spoon and Fork

Gorham Number 267 Sterling Silver Olive Spoon and Fork
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Illustrated and identified in Gorham's 1888 catalogue as an "olive spoon and fork," this 12" long, 2.0 T. oz., piece embodies the aesthetic sensibilities of the period, evidenced by its naturalistic form.

The full length of the handle is nubby, slightly twisted, and stem like. The bowl is virtually a leaf, with piercings that resemble veins, and a surface that is engraved with additional leaves.

The applied olive and two leaves attached to the stem appear to grow out of it, and appear fully realistic.

The "fork," curiously, is more of a spear or pick, and has a ribbed or scaled surface of unclear derivation.

The entire surface has a gold finish which is partially rubbed away, while the olive has an engraved "EWP" script monogram.

The piece overall is in excellent condition, showing no wear or signs of use, save for the referenced loss of gold, and a very slight burr at the tip of the fork.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "267."

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