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Duhme "No. 1" Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon

Duhme "No. 1" Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
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The broad fiddle-shaped handle on this 6 5/8" long, solid feeling 1.0 T. oz., coin silver spoon was characteristic of mid 19th century Ohio River silver design, and was embraced by Cincinnati's Duhme & Co. for its "No. 1" pattern, issued in 1869.

There were several variants, each having a different tip at the handle end. Some versions had twist stems and others plain ones. This piece has a plain handle shank and small "knob" at the end.

The handle is engraved with wriggle work detailing along the margins front and back sides, and grape leaves and tendrils at the end of the front. This fruit theme suggests a preserve or jelly function.

The bowl is shell style with high, pointed shoulders, and is finished with a gold wash on the interior.

The is a feathered script "S.H." monogram set sideways on the handle.

This is in very good condition, free of damage, or bends or dents in the bowl. There is overall polishing softening of the monogram and engraving, and some loss of the gold in the bowl.

It is stamped "Duhme & Co." on the reverse.

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