Gorgeous & rare antique German 10.5” 14-18k gold on .800 continental (nearly sterling) silver Stilton cheese shovel, scoop or server, seashell accented pattern with unique mechanical push lever and hallmarked by the E. Schurmann & Co. of Frankfurt! Beautiful! Thick & heavy silver, this one weighs 146 grams or 4.7 troy ounces and, as you can see, is in nearly pristine condition! The small lever attached to the handle allows the server to push the cheese onto the plate or platter with ease and elegance, quite unique.
The Frankfurt firm of E. Schürmann & Co. was originally founded by Ludwig Erhard Schurmann (1809 - 1866) in 1836 and was a custom order silversmith. The company was sufficiently well established by 1881 to be one of the four firms that contributed to the Wedding Service ordered for the future Wilhelm II. Some pieces from that service have been preserved at Schloss Huis Doorn and were sold from the Royal Prussian Collections in 2002. Huis Doorn is a manor house and national museum in the town of Doorn in the Netherlands. The museum shows the mid-20th-century interior from the time when former German Emperor Wilhelm II lived in the house. E. Schürmann & Company showed at the 1893 World's Fair and were appointed Court Jewelers in 1903. Few examples of their work still exist. Schurmann & Co closed in 1930.
Very good to excellent condition. There is a bit of scuffing to the curved scoop, as you would expect with the push lever action but far less than you would expect given the age. This piece must have only been used a handful of times. No dents, damage and hardly a sign of wear to the gold plating. See pictures for all measurements.
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