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Kalo, Chicago, Hammered No. 7 Large 1939 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon

Kalo, Chicago, Hammered No. 7 Large 1939 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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The Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater indicates that "The Kalo Shop" was founded in 1900 by Clara Barck Welles and "went on to become the largest and most influential producer of handwrought silverware and jewelry in the midwest."

Rainwater further notes that "Mrs. Welles retired in 1940." Given that this 10 1/8" long, 3.6 T. oz., serving spoon is engraved on the backside, "AS HCM" over "Feb. 14, 1939," it traces to the founder's working years, which lends it a degree of authenticity later pieces do not possess (the shop continued in operation after Welles retirement until 1970).

It has a rounded, upturned, end, and slightly squared bowl with flanged shoulders. All surfaces are hand hammered, with the interior of the bowl more subtly so.

In excellent condition, it show no signs of use save for several light surface scratches, and has a bright, hand polished only, finish.

Marks are "Sterling," "Kalo," and model number "7."

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