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Gorham "Cottage" Coin Silver Engraved Bow Ice Cream Server

Gorham "Cottage" Coin Silver Engraved Bow Ice Cream Server
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An early example of Gorham's Cottage, which was issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard and continued in production for many years through and beyond the company's transition to sterling in 1868, this 9" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream spade is marked "Patent 1861," "Coin," and "Shreve Stanwood & Co.," for the Boston firm that eventually became that city's renowned "Shreve, Crump & Low."

A relatively plain pattern, this is embellished on the handle front with a delicately engraved bow and garland of bellflowers.

The cupped blade is oval, with a beveled edge, ribbed base, and notched shoulders.

In exceptionally fine condition, this does not evidence any use and has a bright, smooth finish. The blade is free of dents or bends, and the engraving remains crisp and well-defined.

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