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F.S. Gilbert Late Victorian Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon

F.S. Gilbert Late Victorian Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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$65.00

An example of American silver design following after a much older English form, mote, aka skimming, spoons have a pierced bowl on one end, and a pointed or spear tip on the other.

Most discussion about purpose indicates they were originally tea related, used for filtering loose leaves, with the point serving to clear a spout of clogs.

Late Victorian in date, this stylized piece measures 8 5/8" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. It could readily double as an olive spoon.

The pierced bowl is 2 1/4" long and has an embossed, rococo, leaf and scroll design. It is finished in a bronze colored gold wash.

The stem is tapered and twisted. The twist gets quite tight and narrow at the end where it is finished in the requisite pointed spear tip.

The tip is finished in the same gold surface as the bowl, and is engraved in a very fine script "F.M.E." on one side and "G Sterling" on the other. This is the mark for "F.S. Gilbert," North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

In choice condition, this is without apparent wear and is free of bends, dents, or other damage.

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