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Gale & Willis "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Spoon

Gale & Willis "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Spoon
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Noted York City silversmith William Gale participated in numerous partnerships over the course of his many working years. The mark on this 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon is "Gale & Willis," denoting his 1859-62 association with his son-in-law.

Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern is "Italian," which is very much a period design, much akin to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor." It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and an anthemion tip.

There is a fancy, feathered script "C" engraved on the handle, set sideways.

Gale adopted the sterling standard earlier than most makers, and that is the case with this piece which is imprinted "925 Sterling." Coin would be expected given the date of this.

In exceptionally fine estate condition, this shows no evident wear. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined, free of any polishing wear. The bowl remains well shaped and without dents. The overall finish shows a soft patina.

Note:five 7 3/8" long "Wm. Gale & Son" "Italian" place forks also available. Please inquire.

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