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Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle

Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this 7" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., gravy ladle a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt handle backside, the pattern is Chrysanthemum, issued in 1885.

The imagery is set against a satin ground and finely rendered, employing bright cutting and cross hatching engraving.

The slightly off round 2 1/2" by 2 1/4" by 5/8" deep bowl has scalloped edges and a raised shell motif in the heel. The matte surface is finished in a gold wash on the interior, which is also engraved in a repeat of the chrysanthemum design of the handle, with added asymmetrical features exhibiting an Aesthetic or Eastlake sensibility.

There is a script "S.O.B" monogram set at a slant on the handle front.

This remains in outstanding condition, retaining crisp detail that is free of polishing wear. The bowl is without dents, bends, or breaks, while the overall finish shows a warm patina.

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