Here is a pretty antique Paye & Baker teaspoon rendered in lovely sterling silver. It has the most romantic floral design on the handle.
This is a really nice, delicate example of Paye & Baker's more elegant, traditional style.
The handle of the spoon is stamped with an atypically realistic floral motif that tapers at the neck.
The flowers and leaves are shown in gorgeous detail and made incredibly dimensional by the metal's light patina.
It was typical to give the bowl or end of sterling flatware a gold wash or "vermeil" finish.
In addition to providing an elegant look, this prevented any excess oxidization.
The gold wash in the bowl of this spoon is slightly faded, but still shimmers with hints of a deep gold hue.
There are several maker's marks on the underside of the handle. You will find Paye & Baker's classic 3-heart mark, which features "P", "&", and "B" all framed in tiny heart-shapes.
This is followed by the world "Sterling" in capitals. The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver.
The Paye and Baker Manufacturing Company was founded in 1901, in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. They were noted for their sterling silver souvenir items.
As you can see, the spoon shows some areas of rich oxidization. The bowl shows some age spots, particularly on the underside. Otherwise, the spoon remains in very good antique condition overall.
This sweet, delicate spoon will make a charming addition to any silver collection.
Measurements: 4" long, Bowl is 1 ¼" long, 7/8" wide and 5mm deep, Handle is 2mm-10mm wide and 1mm thick Weight: 6.4 grams (0.23 oz)