My oldest sister sent me a care package in the mail and she enclosed a lovely spoon, that I immediately thought would go well with my other silver plate spoon that I discussed in this post from November 2008.
To recap, the bon bon/nut spoon on the right is a pattern called Rendezvous by Community Plate (the company that became Oneida), and was designed in 1938.
The one on the left is stamped “Potter” then a stylized “S” then the initials “A1” which you can see in this photograph from the Web:
The “S” is the town mark for Sheffield, England, and “A1” as you might expect, designates the highest grade of silver plate. The “Potter” indicates this was manufactured by John Henry Potter in the late 19th century, perhaps into the early 20th century. The company changed their name to J.H. Potter & Sons in 1922, so I assume this spoon design came before that as the mark changed.
This little berry spoon, which measure about 5.75 inches, could be one hundred or more years old. There are a lot of them out there so it’s probably worth about $35 or so, but the value is in the beauty of the elaborate raised fruit design, the pretty scalloped rim, and the joy in tracking down the mark and simply understanding the years of work that stands behind an item like this.
I don’t collect silver and came by both these spoons by chance, but they make a good pair; little pieces of the past coming together randomly for a time to delight me.