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Durgin Baroque aka Pierced Design Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3224f   $295.00


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An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a... Click for details

Durgin Baroque aka Pierced Design Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
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3223f   $285.00


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An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is... Click for details

W. Faber & Son, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Sterling Silver Berry Shovel
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3222f   On Hold


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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "W. Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

This example of the firm's work is a large, 9 5/8" long, substantial weight at 2.8 T. oz., berry shovel, sometimes identified as a cracker scoop.

Both the rounded handle and scalloped-edge, bowl with flange shoulders, are extensively engraved in impressive, bright cut work.

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Set of Ten Twist Handle Engraved Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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3219f   On Hold


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Each of these ten, matching, spoons measures 4 1/2" long, with the set weighing 3.8 T. oz. They are somewhat larger than a demitasse and smaller than a 5 o'clock spoon, and were for after dinner coffee.

Unmarked expect for the word "Sterling," the maker is unknown, and they are not a standard pattern, so no direct attribution can be made.

An unusual design, they have twisted shanks joined to rounded end, slightly upturned, handles.

The handles have a satin finish and are finely... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Les Cinq Fleurs" Sterling Silver Original Olive Spoon
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3217f   $55.00


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An original, early production item, this 5 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., olive spoon is imprinted with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," hallmark, "Sterling," and "Pat. May 22, 1900," all in fine, precise, lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

It is also stamped with the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's carriage trade "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

The pattern is "Les Cinq Fleurs," which is an expressive Art Nouveau floral design. The flower portraiture varies from piece to piece, and... Click for details

Wendell, Chicago, "Ariel" Cupid Figure Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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3214f   $105.00


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A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

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Pair William Johnson, London, 1834 "Tipt" Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
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3211f   $125.00


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To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

Unadorned save for feathered script "H" monograms, their... Click for details

Wendt "Florentine" E. Lilienthal, New Orleans, Sterling Sugar Spoon
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3207f   $70.00


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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped... Click for details

Whiting cast ROSE ice cream knife
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2267   $650.00


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Long, massive and superbly well constructed, this would make an ideal piece for the bride who seeks to cut the cake in a most elegant manner.

Length twelve inches, weight 8 Troy ounces (!), a few barely visible nicks at upper edge of blade but fine overall condition.

Towle "Old English" (Rose) Sterling Silver Pierced Pea Spoon
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3204f   $210.00


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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

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Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon Set
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3203dd   $105.00


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This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

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Gorham "Beaded," Harris & Shafer, DC, Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3202f   $155.00


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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a... Click for details

Shiebler CORINTHIAN flat all silver breakfast knife
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2266   Sold


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length 8 1/8 inches, weight 1.78 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed as shown.

Please note that this item is marked only "Theodore B. Starr sterling / patent" (see third photo).

Wason "Lily" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Bon Bon Scoop
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3198f   $65.00


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A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is... Click for details

Whiting "Persian" Moorish Style Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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3197f   $90.00


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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that... Click for details

Polhamus "Oriental" Coin Silver Master Butter Knife, Flat Handle
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3196f   On Hold


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Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighty at 1.3 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid coin silver. It is flat, with a broad blade that has a slightly scalloped upper edge and bluntly pointed tip.

The pattern, "Oriental," was originated by John Polhamus of New York City, with references dating it 1860 although this is imprinted "Patent 1855" on the blade, pushing that back by five years.

The retailer's stamp is "Owen" without any other modifiers. There are several possibilities for this... Click for details

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