ITEM: Rare Narragansett Aesthetic Figural Spoon
COMPOSITION: Sterling Silver
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent
WEIGHT: 14.6 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 4-5/8" length
MARKS: Gorham Hallmarks, Sterling, 8
COMMENTS: Rare figural aesthetic spoon made by Gorham in the Narragansett pattern circa late 1800's. The design is quite detailed with excellent three dimensional composition. A clam shell forms the bowl with fine grains of sand applied where the handle is attached. Sea weed wraps around the twig handle that is topped off with an applied keyhole limpet. Typical to this pattern it includes "damage" supposedly due to underwater exposure. Narragansett is a nineteenth-century flatware pattern made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island, which took its name from the bay and its inspiration from the marine life that abounds there and elsewhere along the Atlantic coast.
It was introduced in 1884. While many silver manufacturers at that time were producing wares with naturalistic motifs, none rivaled the Narragansett pattern. An article in The Magazine Antiques (September 2002) called the pattern one of the most extraordinary flatware patterns ever created and a tour de force of both design and craftsmanship. Excellent estate condition with minimal signs of wear. Pictured as received from a local estate. Polishing is available by request at no additional cost.
We have an additional piece in this pattern also listed.
** A twelve piece set of 5 o'clock spoons in this pattern recently sold at Christies for $6875, that's $573 per spoon!
We are offering FREE domestic priority shipping. Please inquire for details. See our other items and save with combined shipping.
Special requests for polishing, sizing and shipping MUST be requested through the Ruby Lane site, preferably in the comment section when placing an order. Requests through email may not be received.
Rare Gorham Narragansett 5 O'clock Spoon, Aesthetic
$338 $450 SALE