Impressive Pre-1908 matched pair of Hallmarked Silver gilt
demitasse and dessert spoons.
Two silver gilt spoons in very fine to excellent condition,
the larger one is a 137mm dessert spoon bearing a pre-1908
sterling silver hallmark on the stem with the Cyrillic
letter "L" and the smaller is a 108mm demitasse spoon
showing a pre-1908 hallmark with the Cyrillic letter "R".
(The larger spoon weighs 21.9 grams and the smaller, 12
grams.) The larger spoon shows minor flaking of the blue
enamel on the obverse of the stem near the top and at two
places on the reverse. Under magnification it is possible to
see very minor signs of wear on the surface of the enamel,
signs that are not really visible to the naked eye. There is
a slightly green color variation in a tiny area of enamel
just above the bowl on the larger spoon. (The smaller
demitasse spoon does not appear to have been enameled in the
same area. There is an small area of light scratches in the
bowl of the larger spoon.
The amount of information capable of being included on a
punch meant for hallmarking very small items fashioned of
silver (or gold) frequently did not allow for indication of
anything other than metal content (such as the city of
origin). From the style and the technical level of
proficiency shown in the enameling of these two spoons,
however, it would seem that they probably were made by an
expert silversmith working in St. Petersburg.
The Guilloché patterning visible underneath the blue enamel
is exceedingly attractive and adds to the overall initial
impression of remarkable quality projected by these spoons.