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Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Salad Serving Set, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3994f   $375.00


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Monumentally scaled, this salad serving fork and spoon each measure 9 1/2" long, and weigh 3.5 and 3.4 T. oz. respectively.

Early examples of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," they are marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25, 07," in small, fine lettering as expected of old pieces.

Each piece has a flowing script "EMH" engraved on the handle reverse, and a gold washed, front and back sides, serving end.

The bowl areas have ribbed bases and cupped... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Bon Bon, Old, Plain Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3987f   $48.00


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A 4 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., bon bon spoon, this is an early example of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," marked with an "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25 07."

It has a solid (vs. pierced) bowl with scalloped shoulders, a ribbed base, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, it remains in immaculate estate condition. Pattern detail remains sharply defined, the bowl is free of dents, bends, or nicks, or loss of gold, and the surface is bright and even.

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Salad Serving Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3985f   $235.00


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This fork and spoon are both marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and have decorated shoulders on the bowls, such as appear only on earlier production pieces in this line.

A matched pair, they form a salad serving set.

The spoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just over 2.5 T. oz., while the fork is the same length and weighs just over 2.7 T. oz.

Both pieces are finished in bright gold washes on the serving ends, front and back sides, and the fork is... Click for details

Durgin "Dauphin" Large Individual Sterling Silver Fish Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3984f   $145.00


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Consistent with its name, "Dauphin" is stylistically French in manner. It features a multi-floral and leaf, high relief, design with crossed ribbon margins on the handle.

In the instance of this hard to find, 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., large individual fish fork, the imagery cascades onto the heel and shoulders of the tine end.

This is an early piece, made by Durgin before that company was absorbed into Gorham.

Marked with the firm's "D" emblem, "Sterling," it has a flowing, Art Nouveau... Click for details

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3936f   $85.00


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Measuring 6 3/8" long, with a large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" at the widest bowl, and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz., this is a preserve or jelly spoon.

It is an early example of Alvin's Art Nouveau style "Old Orange Blossom" pattern marked with the Alvin emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all in fine, precise, lettering as would be expected of an original piece in this line.

There is a script "SRN" monogram lightly engraved on the handle front.

In very good estate condition, the pattern remains... Click for details

Watson & Newell Co. No. 1 "Water Nymph" Art Nouveau Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3930f   $85.00


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A very rare pattern produced by Watson & Newell Co. about 1900, this line of female nudes is identified in two online sites as pattern "No. 1," and listed as multi-motif, but additional information about it or further examples from any source seems to be unavailable.

The Art Nouveau imagery is high relief and sculptural in the rendering, featuring a bare-breasted woman emerging from a pool of water filled with pond lilies.

It is a highly sensual and graphic design, and while Watson &... Click for details

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Old Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3899f   $85.00


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An original production piece of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," this full size dinner fork measures 7 3/4" long and weighs an exceptionally heavy 2.4 T. oz.

An extravagant design, this embodies all the elements of the Art Nouveau sensibility, with its high relief, seemingly liquid, portraiture of sinuous floral elements entwined with one another throughout the length of the handle, carrying clear onto the cup of the heel.

The backside is relatively plain, with trailing leaves framing the... Click for details

Whiting "Violet," Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Daniel Low
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3892f   $44.00


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Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts' well-known "Daniel Low & Co."

The portraiture of the flowers, leaves, and delicate stems is well-rendered, in keeping with the Art Nouveau manner in which style this falls.

The bowl itself is reminiscent of a leaf, with cut edge shoulders and a rounded... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Narcissus Solid Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3876f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the... Click for details

Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3847f   $48.00


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Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

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Unger Brothers "Cupid Sunbeams" Sterling Silver Teaspoon, "Estelle"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3809f   $46.00


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One of Unger Brothers renowned, early 20th century, Art Nouveau designs, "Cupid's Sunbeams" features the faces of two cherubic looking, probably female, figures.

They are surrounded by trailing leaves that flow up the length of the handle of this 5 15/16" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon.

The reverse is engraved "Estelle" in flowing script, while the front has a small, Old English "E" inscribed in an open area below the figures.

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Two Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Blunt End Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3777f   $42.00


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Each of these two forks measures 7" long and, while not identical, are matching.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 high relief "Lily of the Valley" with blunt ends.

One of the two has a script "S" monogram on the handle reverse, weighs just under 1.1 T. oz., and is marked with the Whiting "lion" logo and "Sterling."

The other one is monogrammed "E.A. McKee" in Old English lettering, weighs 1.2 T. oz., and in addition to the lion and standard marks, is stamped for the retailer, "T.C. Tanke,"... Click for details

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Solid Sterling Silver Cake Saw
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3765f   $225.00


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A 9 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., item, this cake saw is an early production example of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and upper sawtooth edge blade, which is the defining characteristic of this form. The shoulders are embellished with the same leaf and flower components as the design.

There is a flowing script "LMcC" monogram on the handle front.

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Gorham Art Nouveau "Wild Rose" Sterling Silver Wine Bottle Coaster
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3755f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Flat bottomed with a 4 1/4" diameter circular center, this just over 4.0 T. oz., this oval piece measures 6 5/8" by 5 1/2".

Both ends of the rim are upswept and decorated with a raised wild rose and leaf (with one water lily) pattern in Art Nouveau style.

There is a line script "LLB" monogram engraved on the interior base and a matching one on one of the two reserve areas of the rim.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "A3966" appear on the... Click for details

Set of Eight Durgin "Iris" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3738f   $345.00


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An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR"... Click for details

Gorham "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoon x 3
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3714f   $32.00


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Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the... Click for details

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