In the 1880's the Japanese style (Japonais) was gaining increased popularity due to the efforts of Tiffany and Co. One of these styles was the use of gold or gold and copper and brass combination ornaments on top of  sterling silver.

                                   spoon mixed metal squirrel nut

This beautiful 7.75" nut server sterling spoon is an example of this artistry.
At the top of the spoon a squirrel is attached (telling us it is a nut spoon) and
just below that a leafy bamboo branch is attached.
The rest of the handle front is chased with a stylized foliate motif design

spoon mixed metal squirrel nut
The spoon was manufactured by well known firm of  Dominick and Haff of New York
and it was retailed by Bigelow, Kennard and Co.  of Boston

spoon dominick and haff

On the back swirly engraved initials and the date
Nov. 22, 1880


This set of six 4.5" sterling spoons are each set with a gold/copper design.
They were also manufactured by Dominick and Haff of New York.

spoon tea mixed metal japan bug gold

Each of the spoons has a different element attached. Some look like insects, some look like flowers

Also note the detail chasing work around each of these elements.
Some look like bugs, some look like natural debris

On the back of each spoon an old English style "D" is engraved

Edward Moore was a  collector of the Japanese style artistry. He  experimented not only with Japanese design and Japanese metal working ideas.
Silver, copper, brass and gold were used interchangeably with very elaborate designs. Natural elements like animals and plants were major design elements:
This Tiffany coffeepot is  crawling with insects.

mixed metal coffee silver insects tiffany

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