Silver and Flatware/towle candlelight pieces
I recently inherited a set of Towle candlelight sterling flatware. There is one large spoon, 9 1/8" long, possibly a casserole spoon, but I cannot find a picture of one to identify it definitively. It looks almost identical to the sugar spoon, with ruffles near the handle only, but is much larger than the sugar spoon. Also, two of the teaspoons in this set are engraved with down the handle. One says "BOSTON MASS NOV 42", the other says "SOUTH BEND IND OCT 42". Does this add or detract from the value of these pieces? Thanks in advance for your help.
I cannot definitely identify your spoon. As you pointed out, it could be a casserole spoon. It might also be a berry serving spoon or salad serving spoon. Sorry i could not help here.
Generally, custom engraving reduces the value of a piece, especially if it is on the front. In rare cases, such pieces might be attractive to collectors because of the specific engraving but I doubt that is the case here.
In the case of Candlelight, it will not detract too much because the scrap value is somewhat of a floor for the value of the set.
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