Unique set of three Japanese teaspoons. The spoons are marked with four characters that read "jungin". This is the "pure silver" mark which generally indicates a silver content of 900/1000 parts sterling, slightly lower than sterling silver (925/1000 parts). This mark was used in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and perhaps a bit later. The stylized Art Nouveau flowers, in conjunction with the markings, lead me to believe these spoons were made c. 1900, most likely between 1900 and 1910.
These beautiful little teaspoons also appear to have either been made for the Western market or perhaps retailed there as they have a retailer (or maker) mark of "M.Y". I have not been able to find any information on this mark. Each spoon measures approximately 5" long and together the three spoons weigh approximately 2.1 OzT. They are in very good condition, save for a few scratches across the two of the handles.
Three Japanese "Pure Silver" Teaspoons c. 1900 with Art Nouveau Floral Motif
$49 $60 SALE
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