This is a dazzling sterling Towle sugar spoon dating from 1900.
It features the rare and incredibly elegant "Du Barry" pattern, named for the maîtresse-en-titre, or "chief-mistress" of King Louis XV of France, Jeanne Bécu, Countess Du Barry.
Though her position in court was a touch questionable, the Countess Du Barry informed the fashion and style of the French court for many years.
The spoon is a nice, substantial size and features a truly graceful design.
The bowl is long and deep and features stamped scrolling along the bottom edges and near the top.
As you can see, the handle exhibits a beautiful beaded edge which leads to a graceful rose at the end.
The rose is framed by the most delicate foliate scrolls.
Although it was not officially founded until 1857, it is said that Towle Silver is some of the oldest and most storied in American history.
By some accounts, the company's first silversmiths were working as early as the 17th century.
The reverse of the handle exhibits several cast maker's marks, the first of which reads "925" over "1000".
The piece has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver.
You will also find the traditional Towle hallmark and the word "Sterling".
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.
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 gorgeous spoon will add the right touch of sparkle and shine to your tea table.
5 ¾" long, Bowl is 2 ¼" long, 1 ½" wide and 3/8" deep, Handle is 4mm-17mm wide and 1 ½mm thick
Weight: 20.9 grams (0.74 oz)
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