The Old Masters series is a highly desirable pattern that originated in 1885. It is, of course, long discontinued. Our serving spoon is most likely the pointed tip berry spoon. With it's solid cast handle it is quite substantial. The spoon weighs 4.0 ozs = 3.645 troy ozs. Reubens was a Flemish Baroque painter from the 17th century. He was extremely popular in his time & was a prolific painter as well as a teacher. One of his paintings sold at Sothebys England in 2002. It sold for $76.2 Million-a new record at that time for an old masters painting. The profile of Reubens on the handle is crisp & well defined. It has super facial features & great accent in his hair, beard & fabric folds of his hat & clothes. The sterling is in excellent condition with no chomps, rips, dents, deep scratches or repairs. I found a spot that is a shallow indentation/unevenness on the rim edge of the bowl (see photo #9 A & B) & an approx 1/64" bite on rim near the point from tapping. The bowl has normal expected swirling/scratching from use & old abrasive cleaners. The marks are on the backside of the handle. In photo #9 C you can see a line that is original to manufacture. This is where the cast handle and stamped bowl were assembled. I am reporting it so you know I did inspect the spoon & saw this spot. The spoon is a total of 8 5/8" long. The bowl is 3 5/16" long x almost 2 1/2" at widest point. Rubens profile is 1 5/16" at widest point. A super spoon in one of the great Gorham patterns. Perfect for that special occasion table or a flatware collection.
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