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I found this silver, ornately decorated serving spoon but it has no markings on it. I'm assuming it's due to age.  I did two acid tests on it (including filing into the spoon to get past what could've been silver plating) and both acid tests as well as magnet tests proved to be solid sterling silver.  It weighs 9.2 oz and is 11.25" long and close to 3" wide.  Any help identifying it would be appreciated! Even help in aging it! Thanks again! 

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Hi, Naomi,

Very attractive baroque design! Regrettably so many patterns similar to this charming style were made by almost every silverware maker in the civilized world, from about mid-19th century and are still made. So it's a big task to identify it. Not only that but a/ many patterns had no name, just a number, or were assigned an inventory # by resellers on the Net. And b/, serving utensils were very often made as one-of-a-kind issues, i.e. there were no other matching pieces made. They were stand-alones and sold for gifts, often in fancy silk or velvet-lined presentation cases.

To further complicate a search, this style has been copied a lot in modern times, especially overseas. And what is called 'sterling' there, even when so marked, cannot always be trusted. Completely unmarked is even more suspicious. Have you checked around the whole handle, especially on circular bands around it? There's where STERLING often appears IF it is sterling of course. But some sterling pieces were unmarked so I don't doubt your test.

I don't know if it is your image that is a bit over-exposed but the silver looks very white on my screen without any darker areas in the pattern crevices. Was it dipped in t-nrx or similar, you think? That would erase all intentional oxidation the manufacturer had added in the details.

If you really insist on trying to find a pattern name, here's a site I have used for research with some success:

Sterling Silver Fashions, sterling patterns by manufacturer

This is not a selling site, only for identification by easily browsed clear thumbnail images. Also for silver plate, see menu on left.

If I were to guess, this design looks to me like a Godinger modern version of a baroque design from the 1880-1890s. But that's just my guess. That guess and eight bucks will get you a latte at *-bcks.

Hope you find the pattern name somewhere on the Net!

Thanks so much for all the information Liz! I have indeed checked around the whole handle for any type of marking - for ANYTHING and there is nothing there.  It was not dipped in

Tarn-x, I just used Wright's silver cleaner on it which is a gentle silver cleaner.  Two acid tests came back as positive on the item so I am going to trust those. There are a few darkened areas in the handle but it doesn't appear that it was made to have the darker areas in the ornate silver decor as many pieces were made to have. I thought the same thing. I have two Godinger silver plate jewelry boxes and those have the intentional darkening amongst the silver which this item lacks.  When I got it, it was very dark, nearly black and took quite a bit of polishing to get to the silver underneath all the oxidation and dirt that had built up over the years. Guess I'll keep looking! Thanks again :)

Naomi, Good News and Bad News:

I have identified your pattern, happened upon it while researching something else. It is Grande Baroque (1941) by Wallace Silver. That's the good news. The bad news is that although your pattern is practically identical to GB, yours is not stamped by manufacturer's mark and/or sterling. Therefore it was probably not made by Wallace Silver.

Because of no identifying marks whatsoever, and also because the parts in the pattern on yours are solid, not pierced as in Wallace's version of GB, I believe it to be a handcrafted copy of this pattern.

Copies were often made to order, not to deceive anyone, but because the customer who commissioned the copy wanted to add it to an already existing (valuable, expensive, sterling) service.

If the style wanted, such a large casserole spoon like yours, didn't match exactly it was usually okay; the customer still paid plenty to a/ have it custom made, and b/ in sterling silver no less.

Compare your image to the spoon shown here. Although not quite as long as yours and the bowl having a slightly varying configuration it's still pretty close to yours:

Large Scalloped Server, Grande Baroque 1941, Wallace

Regrettably there is no price shown as the spoon is not currently available. However, if you compare similar spoons on this site and elsewhere on the Net too, you can arrive at an approximate current market price.

Thank you so much Liz! I had come to the conclusion that it was a replica since it didn't have the markings of Wallace.  I will do some checking to see if I can find anything out on the current market value of it, but your info/research has been extremely helpful, along with everyone else! Thanks all! You're a wonderful group of people who are beyond helpful!! 

Naomi

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