Gorham Imperial Chrysanthemum Ivory & Ster Claret Spn
This 12 5/8" long, sterling silver and ivory item is an unusual Gorham piece. It is one on nine claret pitcher spoons made in the 1898-99 period. They were numbered 912 through 920, with this one being number 916. Each number was correlated with a flatware pattern, this matching Imperial Chrysanthemum. Numbers 912 through 915 were all sterling silver, and had simple bowl ends. This example is considerably more elaborate than the first ones in the series, with its ivory handle, and with a relatively large, 2" by 1 1/4", three-tine bowl that is set at an angle to the end of the handle. The overall condition is excellent. There is one line crack in the ivory, and some pale yellowing. In addition to the "916," other marks are the Gorham lion, anchor, G, and the word Sterling.