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Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Gold Wash Bowl

Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Gold Wash Bowl
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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sugar spoon was made by Durgin, marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," and retailed by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle," also so stamped.

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

The bowl has coffered walls and is embossed on the shoulders and interior bottom with a design that complements the overall pattern. It has a gold finish front and back sides.

The handle obverse is engraved with a script "MKJ" monogram.

In excellent condition, pattern detail remains clear and detailed. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or nicks, but shows some polishing loss of the gold wash. The finish is warm and even.

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