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Durgin circa 1880 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon Engraved "Mother"

Durgin circa 1880 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon Engraved "Mother"
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A large piece measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this table serving spoon bears one of the earliest marks, a "bird surrounded by a wreath," that the William B. Durgin Company used on its flatware.

It is also stamped "M.F. Robinson" for the Springfield, Massachusetts jeweler with dates of operation 1860-99, and "Sterling."

A non-line pattern, its relatively plain style with a broad, fanned, handle end with bright cut diamond and bellflower components, suggests a date circa 1880.

It is engraved "Mother" set sideways in cursive lettering. This adds a charming and endearing aspect to the piece, which by virtue of its overall quiet simplicity of design, conveys a sense of grace and dignity, worthy associations for "Mother."

In superb estate condition, this has a bright, warm, finish, showing only light surface scratches consistent with gentle use. The oval bowl is without dents, bends, nicks, or tip wear. The engraving remains crisp and well-defined.

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