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A.F. Burbank "Olive" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon

A.F. Burbank "Olive" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
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Likely a preserve, although possibly a large sugar, spoon, this piece measures 6 13/16" long and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz.

An "Olive" pattern, it was made by Farrington & Hunnewell, whose multi-part emblem appears on the handle back but is over stamped by the name of the retailer, "A.F. Burbank," Boston, 1853-67, and Worcester, 1867-80, Massachusetts.

It is also marked "Pure-Coin," which is a characteristically New England term for the silver standard.

While "Olive" was a generic pattern widely produced during the middle part of the 19th century, there was considerable variation in the design from maker to maker.

F&H's version is particularly appealing, with elongated leaves, pronounced double line detailing, and added embellishment at the front side join with the bowl, and backside heel of the scallop shell, notched, bowl.

The handle front is engraved with an "R" monogram, while the back reads "from M.S.K.," all in fancy, Old English lettering.

In very fine condition, this is without any wear or damage and shows a brilliant, original, finish that is free of any scratches or mars.

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