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Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1530
Period: Victorian
Year: 1873
Silversmith: Henry William Curry
Place: London
Price: $ 1 000.00
Weight: 124 grams
Dimensions: 17.8 cm
Condition: Excellent, no dents, very light scratches to bowls, not noticeable. Gilding also excellent condition.

Description: A magnificent pair of Victorian silver gilt spoons, with a beautiful figure of a maiden (or Goddess), sculpted with lovely detail. She is full figure, with a long flowing dress with a high slit, with flowers adorning the front. She holds her arms crossed, and has her hair in a bun. The design has a strong Art Nouveau look and feel, these spoons were well ahead of their time when made in 1873. The spoons are very good quality and gauge, very suitable for use as serving spoons for a dessert. The hallmarks are very clear on both spoons. Henry William Curry took over the business of Augustus Piesse in 1868, which he continued until 1889. Of interest is that Curry was in trouble with the Goldsmiths Hall in 1880 in a matter of counterfeiting hallmarks (John Culme, Directory of Gold and Silversmiths, pg 366). Curry has left behind some fabulous silver, top notch quality and beautiful intricate designs, he deserves further study. Henry William Curry's brother Charles John Curry was in partnership with Alexander Crichton between 1880 and 1884, when the business was liquidated (the economy was in recession at the time). Crichton was an award winning silversmith, noted for whimsical animals from Alice in Wonderland, perhaps this connection is relevant.
Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry
Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons - henry william curry

Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry
Goddess Finials - henry william curry

Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry
Back of spoons

Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry
Scale

Victorian Silver Gilt Goddess Spoons (Pair) - Henry William Curry
Hallmarks

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