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Durgin "Strawberry" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon

Durgin "Strawberry" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
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An early pattern that Durgin made first in coin and continued in production in sterling, "Strawberry" faithfully portrays a single plump fruit with leaves on the handle end, and a cluster of leaves midway on the handle.

It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on the front and backsides.

This 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., example is an early run item, marked "Patent," "Pure Coin," which is a characteristically New England term, and with the name of the retailer, "A. Skinner," Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it has a shell bowl with a rosette detail on the heel backside.

There is an Old English "S" monogram engraved on the handle front.

In exceptionally fine condition, this retains every detail of the fruit and leaves. The bowl is without dents, bends, or cracks, and the finish has a warm luster.

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