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Good Early Feather-Edge Georgian Crested Salt Spoon Circa 1770-80
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171210-02   $27.50


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Offered is a very good early English sterling silver master salt spoon, circa 1770-80. This piece is nicely decorated with feather-edging and engraved with an armorial of a dragon's head. See my other listings for a contemporaneous master salt cellar with the same crest. This master salt spoon is very unusual in that it is not only a duty dodger, with nothing but maker's marks, but also has two different maker's marks. One is TE, perhaps for Thomas Evans of London, and the other is TE over... Click for details

Worcester Silver Company "Onslow" English Sterling Silver Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3333f   $68.00


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Dating to the mid 20th century (1952), this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., fork is fully hallmarked for the year, sterling, and maker, "Worcester Silver Company," London, England.

While a relatively contemporary piece, the scrolled terminal pattern, "Onslow," is an older English design, and the three tine configuration also harkens to an earlier period, all defining this as a reproduction piece.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent estate condition. There is no visible wear, the... Click for details

6 Whiting "Louis XV" Sterling Handle Blunt End Blade Knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3330f   $108.00


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All of these six, matched, knives measure 8 1/2" long and have hollow, filled, sterling silver handles with (original) silverplated, blunt end blades.

They are early production items in Whiting's scroll motif, "Louis XV" pattern. All the pieces are stamped with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

Never monogrammed, they are in excellent estate condition. The handles are free of dents or splits, and remain tightly secured with the blades, which apart from slight wear... Click for details

Currier & Roby "Onslow" No. 26 Pair Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3329f   $42.00


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A well-regarded name among Arts & Crafts producers, with an expertise in reproduction silver, New York's Currier & Roby was both a manufacturer and retailer.

This matched pair of 3" long, .6 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons marked with the company "CR" emblem, "Sterling," and "26 S," are no doubt inhouse production items, consistent with the firm's best work generated during the first quarter of the 20th century.

The pattern is "Onslow," which is an older English design that features... Click for details

6 Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Heavy Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3328f   $180.00


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A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish/Renaissance Revival "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov. 3d, 1852." The obverses are identical save for a different year, "1877."

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Smith & Fearn London 1787 Crested Bright Cut Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3327f   $95.00


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Weighing over 2.1 T. oz., this 8 11/16" long tablespoon is a heavy item with a narrow, thick handle, and a lengthy, sturdy bowl.

It is an elegantly crafted, sterling silver, piece made by London's George Smith and William Fearn in 1787-88, with sharp, clear hallmarks for the same.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a downturned reverse tipt end, and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

The handle front has a diamond bright cut edge with wriggle work detailing, and a lion's head crest... Click for details

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Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork Pierced
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3326f   $90.00


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An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

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exceptionally fine pair of Victorian figural silver gilt master salt
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2291   Sold


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spoons, London 1842, length four inches, weight a rather stunning .92 Troy ounces each, maker SC, untouched original condition, no monogram. The reverse of bowl with a lion's face cast in high relief, the tail entwining handle and terminating in a cast and chased paw with superb detail.

I do not recall ever having seen a finer pair of master salt spoons.

T&W Chawner, London, "Onslow" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3323f   $115.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon with Engraved Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3322dd   $75.00


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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

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Wood & Hughes "Viola" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3318f   On Hold


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Introduced in 1875, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" incorporates multiple design elements.

These include a dominant Gothic Revival arched structure that comprises the sides and end of the handle, and which in sum resembles a cathedral ceiling. Other components are suggestive of acanthus and palmetto leaves, typical of Greek and Egyptian Revival motifs.

In total it is a well-constructed and balanced design that is thoroughly evocative of its mid-Victorian period.

The bowl on this 6 3/4" long,... Click for details

Good Hanoverian Pattern Crested English Silver Tablespoon - Mid 18th C
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-04   $47.50


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Offered is a good heavy mid-Eighteenth Century English sterling silver Hanoverian Pattern tablespoon, engraved with a worn armorial of a hound of some sort, and bearing hallmarks indicating London manufacture. I didn't check the maker's mark, but it should be relatively easy to track down. This piece measures about 8 1/16 inches in length and weighs a good 68 grams or so. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear but good color and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine early... Click for details

English Hanoverian Pattern Tablespoon Crested with a Falcon or Hawk
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-03   $35.00


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Offered is a nice English Georgian sterling silver Hanoverian pattern tablespoon bearing a well-executed period armorial of a hawk or falcon. This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. Condition is fair at best, as the bowl has been reshaped and the stem may have a well done repair, given that the maker's mark is missing. However, this would make a decent fill-in piece for a set or a server for casual use. The repairs have been done well, and this piece... Click for details

Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Solid Sterling Flat Handle Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3312f   $145.00


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A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling... Click for details

Whiting "Lotus" Sterling Silver Flat Handle Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3311f   $70.00


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Stamped "N. Harding & Co.," for the Boston manufacturer and jeweler, as well as "Sterling" and "2," on the blade, this 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Whiting.

The pattern is "Lotus," which is an Egyptian Revival design that is nearly identical to Gorham's pattern of the same name, save Whiting's version shows five fronds while Gorham's has three.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle joined to an upswept blade with a scalloped top edge.

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"Dome Top" Large Sterling Silver 19th Century Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3307f   $235.00


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A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere,... Click for details

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