Durgin For Shreve & Co Sterling Silver Casserole Or Berry Spoon Heraldic 1888
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Durgin For Shreve & Co Sterling Silver Casserole Or Berry Spoon Heraldic 1888:
Look at this rare find -a 8 3/4"(22.2 cm.)Lsterling silver casserole or berry spoonfashioned byWilliam B. Durgin Co.of Providence, R. I. for renowned San Francisco jeweler George Shreve & Co.in the baronial pattern Heraldic, patented in 1888!This handsome and hefty (122 gr.)server is invery good to excellent vintage condition, commensurate with its ageand light usage, and it bearsa decorative monogram on the back which frankly gets lost in the "busy pattern." Truly an enviable and heirloom worthy piece of early American sterling! Round out your collection with this coveted piece-or gift it to your favorite bride!
Provenance:This item was collected by Peter Denisevich during his two year stint as a post war assistant military attaché in Moscow. Mr. Denisevich served 21 years in the US Army. During WWII he served in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany as Lieutenant Colonel and Brigade Commander of the 104th Infantry. In 1945, he was sent to the US embassy in Moscow, USSR, serving as Assistant Military Attaché, where he and his wife Rose met and were married. As an observer-interpreter fluent in Russian, Peter obtained and analyzed information on Soviet military and industrial capabilities, as well as the changing social structure, reporting this information to Washington D. C.
He returned to the states in 1947, where he served with the CIA as Chief Economic Analyst in the USSR branch coordinating research and analysis on Soviet economic capabilities, providing advisories to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Security Council, and President Truman. Over the years he returned to Europe for several CIA projects including the formation of a defector inducement program and expanding the program to analyze Soviet capability. Agin in the states in 1953, Peter taught Russian at the US Military Academy at West Point and later served as Dean of Students at the Army Intelligence School at Ft. Hollabird, Md.