This large sterling silver Arts and Crafts style platter spoon is in the rare 'Lotus' pattern and made by Richard Blanchard working with his brother Porter Blanchard in Burbank, California. The beauty of the Lotus design lines and beautiful hammering are complemented by the useful addition of a button on the rear of the handle to prevent the spoon from slipping down into the platter or serving tray. This rare platter spoon is a large and striking example of Arts & Crafts silver.
Richard Blanchard and his brother Porter learned their trade from their father, George Porter Blanchard (who worked for Arthur Stone from 1906-09) in Gardner, Mass. The brothers were Members of the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston where Richard is listed as a Craftsman 1913-16 and Master Craftsman Society, from 1917-18 and 1920-21 (The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston Exhibition Record, 1897-1927, p. 31).
In 1923, Porter Blanchard moved to Burbank, California and was joined in 1925 by his brother and father. Richard worked in the Burbank shop until 1930. Working a relatively short period in Burbank, examples of Richard Blanchard silver are quite rare and this is a great example in a lovely design which exhibits the level and skill of a great silversmith. (See: "Richard Blanchard: Twentieth-Century Maker of Handwrought Silver" by Pansylea Howard Willburn in Silver Magazine July/August 2001 for more information.)
Weighing a substantial 122 grams 3.9 ozs. Troy, the spoon is 12 " long and bears the B09 mark of Blanchard. It is possible that this spoon was made by Richard Blanchard while he still worked in Gardner Massachusetts.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.