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Dessert Spoon, "St. James Pattern"

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1881
DIMENSIONS 7 3/16 x 2 x 1 1/16 in. (18.3 x 5.1 x 2.7 cm)
MARKINGS stamped on back: "(eagle) Wm Rogers.9"
SIGNATURE Unsigned
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 88.112.11
CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert Tuggle
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dessert spoon with a plain bowl. First third of handle is undecorated. The decoration begins with a small fleur-de-lys and a dot atop a straight stem on either side. Then two narrow horizontal bands that support six narrow vertical bands that are crossed by six diagonal narrow bands and topped by two more horizontal narrow bands. The sides of the handle then flare out gradually to a rounded end. Within this end of the handle is a raised elongated pointed arch shape with a quarter circle geometric design against one side of the handle out of which grow three flowers and stems; the upper portion of this area is blank (intended for initials). On either side of the upper part of this arch area are half circles and symmetrical branches. There is a horizontal band with three florets on either side of the point of this arch. Above this arch are fitted into the rounded end of the handle is a fan with a concentric geometric decoration and scroll work in the triangular areas on either side below the sides of the fan. The reverse has similar but much abbreviated decoration. St James Pattern. In 1878 William Henry Rogers, who changed his name to William Rogers Jr., failed to renew a contract with Meriden Britannia Co. and so turned to Simpson, Hall & Miller Co. with whom he signed a fifteen year contract to produce silver-plate flatware with the "(eagle) Wm Rogers (star)" back stamp. The contract terminated in 1893 and William died in 1896. Pattern identical to 88.112.15. CONDITION: Vvery good. Some loss on heel of bowl; normal wear; some scratches.
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