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Durgin "Jonquil" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon

Durgin "Jonquil" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
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Issued at the turn of the twentieth century, "Jonquil" aka daffodil aka narcissus is one of several, albeit one of the less common, Art Nouveau patterns Durgin produced that are similar in design to its flagship and commanding "New Art" line.

This example is 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has a shell bowl with a swirled interior and piecrust edge.

The handle front features a single, full, bloom at the tip, with two buds lower down from this.

The backside portrays a cascade of buds and leaves surrounding an open area which in this instance is engraved with the quaint pair of names, "Basil & Maude." These invoke an image of characters who might appear on a Masterpiece Theatre production.

In outstanding condition, this is free of polishing wear, nicks, or scuffs, while the bowl is without bends of dents. The finish is bright and even.

Marks on the backside are Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling."

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