Filigree silver work is one of the
oldest styles of silverworking and was practiced in almost every
ancient culture. Ornaments made in this style have been found among the
ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. In
addition some fantastic work was also produced by India and China.
Basically filigree is a very delicate lace effect style of metal
working which is made with silver or gold wiring twisted in tiny
threads along with tiny beads which are all soldered together in
Three examples of large filigree serving spoons.
Many pieces of filigree do not have marks and it is often difficult to
figure out their origin.
The first one is unmarked. The other two have a mark I do not recognize
and look like they might be Chinese style characters
Detail photographs showing the intricate workmanship
Tea sized filigree spoons
The left spoon is a Navajo symbol , but I don't know if this was made
by a Navajo or Mexican silversmith (many Navajo's apprenticed with
Some of the spoons are unmarked and a couple are USA manufacture. The
USA filigrees were probably made by either Solomon Spitz of Santa
Fe, New Mexico or
Hickox Jewelers (The Mexican Filigree Jewelers) of New Mexico.
Detail pictures of filigree spoon
Filigree spoons that are demi or slightly larger