Durgin Antique Sterling Silver Polar Bear Ice Cream Slice, Concord, New Hampshire, c. 1870's
This stunning server is in a very rare design produced by William B. Durgin. The large, shaped blade is decorated with a stunning bright-cut engraved geometric trellis pattern from which emanates an elaborate branch with leaves and a single flower in bloom.
The handle depicts a polar bear sitting amongst an icy surrounding.
As if on a cliff or entrance to a cave, the bear is surrounded by icicles hanging above him and chiseled ice beneath his ledge.
The back of the server is plain, except for the early Durgin mark: a wreath surrounding a bird in flight along with the letter 'D'. It is also marked 'STERLING'.
This rare server measures just shy of 11.5 inches long, weighs an impressive 4.90 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in very good/ excellent antique condition.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett
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