The William B Durgin Co., Concord, New Hampshire and Providence, Rhode Island was organized in 1880 and operated until 1905. The firm was absorbed into the Gorham Company who continued to use the script 'D' mark until 1930.
This fantastic set of 6 sterling silver demi-tasse spoons in the Heraldic pattern were introduced in 1888. The pattern consists of a heavily embossed mythical scene consisting of a lion, horse, castle and foliage designs. The spoons measure 4 1/4" in length, are stamped with the Durgin Hallmark "Script D" and "Sterling". They are delicately monogrammed in script on the back of the handle; it almost appears to be part of the decoration. The set of 6 weighs 2.400 ounces. Excellent condition with no issues and nice patina.
Additional historic information and provenance.
They are also engraved on the back of the bowl "From Gov Robie". Frederick Robie was born in Gorham, Maine on August 12, 1822. He studied at the Gorham Academy. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1841. After completing his graduation, he taught academies for a time in the South. He then took a medical course at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia and received his medical degree in 1844. He had a successful medical career. He established medical practices in Biddeford, Maine, and then in Waldoboro, Maine. He eventually practiced medicine in his hometown of Gorham.
During the American Civil War, Robie accepted an appointment from President Abraham Lincoln as Paymaster of United States Volunteers. He served with the Army of the Potomac from 1861 to 1863. His son, William P. F. Robie was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1863. He then was transferred to Boston as Chief Paymaster of the Department of New England. He later served in Maine administering the final payments of discharged soldiers.
Robie was first elected to the Maine Legislature in 1859 to the Maine House of Representatives. Re-elected in 1860, he left office to serve in the Union Army. At the end of the war, Robie was elected to the Maine Senate in 1866 and 1867. He was Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives in 1872 and 1876. He served as a member of the Executive Council of Maine in 1880 and from 1881 to 1882. In 1882 he was the Republican nominee for Governor and was elected by a popular vote. He was re-elected in 1884 by nearly 20,000 votes. He left office on January 5, 1887.
After leaving office, Robie continued his medical practice. He also served on the boards of directors of the First National Bank of Portland and the Portland and Rochester Railroad Company. He died on February 3, 1912.
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