FILIGREE SPOONS

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 alongs with tiny beads which are all soldered together in artistic motifs.


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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

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Detail photographs showing the intricate workmanship

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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 Mexican silversmiths)
Some of the spoons are unmarked and a couple are USA manufacture

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Detail pictures of filigree spoon

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Filigree spoons that are demi or slightly larger

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Detail pictures of filigree spoons

click to see a nice filigree fork set and a nice filigree set of spoons from Peru

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