This is a very, very pretty bonbon spoon with an enamelled handle and gold-washed sterling bowl. The gold wash is on all the silver areas. The cobalt blue enamel is on both the front and back of the handle. The shape of the bowl is like a scooped shield shape with very nice piercings. Of course, bonbon spoons are used as servers for all kinds of nuts and small candies - especially those coated with salt (thus the gold wash to protect the sterling silver).
It is guilloche - meaning the handle has a machine-engineered ground in the silver with the cobalt blue transparent enamel on top of that such that the pattern shows through.
As you can see in the last photo, we have another, identical one of these bonbon spoons in a turquoise color. Both were made in Massachusetts by Watson & Co. They operated from 1880-1955 and we think this and the other spoon date from 1910-1940. Please make sure to see the other one with turquoise blue enamel. They make a great pair!
The enamel is done on a guilloche ground (the pattern in the silver that shows through the enamel) which gives it another layer of visual interest.
The spoon measures 4 7/16th inches long. Condition is superb - excellent! No damages.
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