Engravings by William Hogath, a painter, engraver, moralist, theoretician and philanthropist (1697-1764) was the most popular English artist of his time. He gained international success for his series of images in which he satirized social and moral vices among individuals encountered in everyday life.
Mounted in a turn of the century frame with bubbled glass, Circa 1900s. I carried this prize back to my vehicle and then headed into the market. It was bustling with energy and fair type foods. You could smell the corndogs and funnel cakes as you entered. I carry protein bars and Vitamin water so I ignored the fair food...although the giant hot pretzels were calling me. Ya just can't take the "Jersey" out of the girl.
The Victorians loved their fussy serving pieces and bon bon (chocolates) spoons/servers are certainly a fussy little tool. I can picture a tasty, hand made chocolate being offered from this Sterling bon bon server to guests. Now, here was part of my dilemma. These pieces are highly collectible and usually start at $75.00 and go up very quickly...especially the Sterling pieces. Melissa, the dealer smiled and offered information on the piece and told me it was marked at $35.00. My heart skipped a beat but I was on a budget and said that I would have to think about it...even though the spoon was calling my name. So I continued to look at other booths. Well the more I looked, the more I could hear that spoon calling my name, so I turned back and told Melissa I would take it. It's mine and I can't wait to use it over the holiday season. Bon bon spoons/servers are small as you can see by the AAA battery next to it for scale. Melissa had more unique silver pieces and I found this great souvenir piece.