Plique `a jour is a wonderful translucent/transparent enamel technique where the enamel is fired inside metal borders called cells. To relate to the concept think of that super stained glass window in your neighborhood church. The French name loosely translates to "glimpse of day" or "letting in the daylight". Our spoon contains a nice mix of colors of clear ice, dark cobalt blue, lime, emerald green, burgundy and light aquamarine. All of the cell rims are a modified notched rope pattern that fit perfectly with the handle's theme at the top edge around the plique and the center handle.
The plique is in excellent condition with no missing cells or repairs noted. When inspecting with a 10 power loupe you can find an occasional hint of crazing or some of those tiny, approx. 1/32", surface only flakes to the enamel from use as is normal and expected.
The sterling is also in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. The vermeil (a form of gold plating) is also excellent with a lovely mellow even toned gold through out the entire spoon.
The marks are on the backside of the handle. It is what I call the David Andersen hammer/pitchfork hallmark and a 925 for sterling silver content. Per one of our resources this hallmark originated in approx. 1888 with an "830 S" silver content and used till 1925. Per an article I read in "Modern Silver Magazine" this same hallmark was used with "925 S" sterling silver from 1924-39. So I am using a 1910 circa. The spoon measures 6 1/4" long and the bowl is 1 1/4" at widest point.
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