Expertly crafted circa 1919, this late Victorian American sterling silver bon bon features an exquisite figural hand holding playing cards (Gin Rummy? Poker?). Entirely done with the most remarkable attention to artistic detail, it is a joy to look at. Note the perfect fingernails on the back of the hand, a delicate ring on finger, pattered backs of playing cards which have dainty enamel embellishment for each face card. ace, king, queen, jack. It is a marvelous amount of effort in one small rare piece. The hand is complemented by scrolls on either side where it attaches to the spoon. The bowl of the spoon portion features lovely openwork in a decorative motif. It is a superb, and stunning work of art.
This charmer measures 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs 28 grams or one postal ounce and it is marked sterling on the back.
The dainty enameling and crisp detail make this an outstanding addition to any silver collection. It has been lightly polished to reveal the artistry.
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