Allan Adler (1916–2002), a Los Angeles Silversmith and son-in-law of noted silversmith Porter Blanchard, was primarily known as being the last living professional silversmith and spoon maker still adhering to the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement. His "austere looking" pieces have been marketed by several upscale department stores over the years. I have recently been able to acquire a few more examples of his quality silver workmanship.
Austere fork (approx 8" (200mm))
spoon is in similar style to fork but is much smaller (5.5" 140mm)
This type of spoon is known as a "brandy spoon". It was used in "flaming" drinks.
The markings on this item are a little confusing. It is marked "Reed and Barton" and "Adler's New Orleans". Notice there is no purity mark. I tested it with acid and it does appear to be sterling quality. I suspect that Adler might have made the spoon for resale by Reed and Barton. Stephen, an alert reader has informed me that there was an "Adler's jewelry store in New Orleans". He believes that this spoon was made by Reed and Barton and retailed thru this store and is not related to Alan Adler. (thank you Stephen)
From the Alan Adler website:
craftsman Allan Adler, created some of the world's most exquisite
silver pieces -- among them a Paul Revere-inspired tea service,
designed in the mid 1940s, that sold at Sotheby's auction for close to
one million dollars.
At Allan Adler Inc., our silver artisans are almost extinct breed of silversmiths -- those who still craft everything from flatware and hollowware to jewelry, all of it by hand.
Allan Adler Inc. has a rich history and has created table settings, jewelry and teapots for clients including such notables as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Eleanor Roosevelt and Katherine Hepburn. The American Film Institute's Silver Star statuette is his creation, as are the solid gold Oscar mementos presented to the winners of the prestigious Academy Award .
The Smithsonian Institute has honored his extraordinary contribution to twentieth century design and his techniques have been documented and video taped, thus ensuring that future generations will know how a master silversmith worked. Allan Adler Inc. continues to create masterpieces, which include commissioned pieces for clients worldwide.
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