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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just showing off my new Wood & Hughes large scoop with gooseberries on the handle. It's 11 1/4 inches long. Any thoughts about what it might have been used for?

With the W&H compote I used as a fruit bowl and bananas to show scale. The handles are similar, but I think the ones on the fruit bowl/compote are supposed to be grapes and grape vines, and the ones on the spoon/scoop are supposed to be gooseberries.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The back has the same interesting sparkly engraving:

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW! Another treasure in Polly's pile! smile That really is beautiful ... the engraving placement is very creative.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Scott!

I specialize in listings with blurry photos that I hope will turn out to be treasures. Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren't. This was an "are" case. I knew from the shape that it was a Wood & Hughes piece, so it wasn't a huge risk, but it turned out to be in fabulous condition, with great engraving.

In my early days collecting (and sometimes still today!) I ended up with a fair number of silverplated mistakes. But hey, the treasures make up for the mistakes.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a wonderful serving piece and really speaks well of Wood and Hughes.
The gooseberry often is one of the flavors used by wine experts to describe something they sense in white wines. I have never had a gooseberry and it is something I have always wanted to taste.
Your server will be an enjoyable one to use no matter what it is used to scoop up.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I say "gooseberry," but it might be supposed to be currants. Gooseberries are green, and currants can be red to black, but since the spoon is silver there's no way to know which was intended....Oh, wait! Gooseberries have thorns and currants don't, so perhaps this actually is a currant-handled spoon?

Currants and Gooseberries

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H Bradshaw

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2019 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for H Bradshaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know anything about gooseberries but that is one sensational serving spoon! The engraving in the bowl looks to be extraordinary - I bet the texture of it feels nice, too!

And I'm with you about taking a chance on blurry pics. I used to do it all the time & some of my best pieces were acquired that way.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-23-2019 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In buying-from-blurry-pictures news, I bid on an auction today for a mixed lot of sterling, nickel silver, and silver plate, which was represented by the usual blurry photos. I won the lot for approximately the melt value of the sterling (assuming they identified and weighed it correctly). I bid because I spotted a Whiting cheese scoop with a mouse on the handle in the lot--I've been wanting an example for years. You can't really tell from the photo that that's what the scoop is unless you're pretty familiar with it. The lot also turns out to contain a honking big English sterling soup ladle which, if I'm reading the (admittedly blurry) marks right, is by Mary Chawner, 1834, so I can add it to my collection of silver by firms headed by women. I wonder why they don't bother to take better photos.

[This message has been edited by Polly (edited 07-06-2019).]

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 06-24-2019 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's an awesome find! Well done! smile

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