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Six Matched, Immaculate Frank Smith "Shell" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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2449f   $105.00

Six Matched, Immaculate Frank Smith
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These six teaspoons measures 5 7/8" long per piece, while the group weighs 5.2 T. oz. They are matched, with each one monogrammed "EWC" in script on the handle fronts.

They were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's Rand & Crane.

The pattern is a slight variant of Smith's late 19th century "Shell." It has a pointed tip rather than the standard rounded shape above the shell. Rand & Crane was known for offering quality, often hand-crafted, items, and may have been a manufacturer... Click for details

Rare Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Flat Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2447f   $165.00

Rare Durgin
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A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There... Click for details

Heavy Farrington & Hunnewell "Oval Thread" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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2446f   On Hold

Heavy Farrington & Hunnewell
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This 7 1/16" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., dessert or place spoons is laden with provenance, explicit and implied.

Its origins are Boston, as it is stamped with the emblem for that City's Farrington & Hunnewell, along with the word "Sterling." The pattern is an "Oval Thread."

In addition, it has multiple inscriptions along with an engraved bird crest on the front of the handle. It reads in script below this "SB to SSB." The reverse is inscribed "March 2.d 1857," and this undoubtedly was... Click for details

Boxed Set English Mother of Pearl and Sterling Fruit Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2443f   $65.00

Boxed Set English Mother of Pearl and Sterling Fruit Knife and Fork
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box. ... Click for details

Heavy Wendt "Diana" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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2440f   $52.00

Heavy Wendt
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2210   $125.00

Whiting
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length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.64 Troy ounces, no monogram, light pattern wear as shown; bowl not gilt but otherwise in fine condition, no monogram.

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a similar though slightly more fatigued example with pitting in the bowl recently sold on ebay (item 281610340194) @157.50

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Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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2434f   $185.00

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period... Click for details

William Vale & Co., Birmingham 1888, Sterling Silver Pusher Olive Fork
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2429f   $60.00

William Vale & Co., Birmingham 1888, Sterling Silver Pusher Olive Fork
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A novel item stamped "Patent No 11774" and with an "O, lion, anchor, queen's head," along with "WV&S," this solid sterling silver item was made in Birmingham, England in 1888 by William Vale & Sons.

A olive or pickle fork, it measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just under .9 T. oz. It is comprised of a central tube which moves within an outer sleeve that has a four tine fork end. The inner element is attached to a fitted cross bar that forms a pusher that slides up and down, enabling it to... Click for details

Robert Rutland, London 1823, Sterling Silver Tongs
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2427f   $48.00

Robert Rutland, London 1823, Sterling Silver Tongs
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Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age. ... Click for details

Wendt "Moresque" Unusual Small Sterling Silver Pastry Server
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2425f   $185.00

Wendt
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Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and... Click for details

Original International "Brandon" Sterling Silver Child's Food Pusher
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2424f   $35.00

Original International
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International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders.

It is without a monogram or... Click for details

Howard "Hope" Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server with Gold Wash Bowl
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2423f   $185.00

Howard
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Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York. It measures 8 1/8" long overall and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The story of the piece lies in the extravagance of the bowl, which in this case measures 4 1/8" by 3... Click for details

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2422f   $65.00

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin... Click for details

Gorham "Antique Engraved No. 8" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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2419f   On Hold

Gorham
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Gorham produced a number of engraved patterns on an "Old English" handle. Some of these were named, and others are only identified by numbers.

This 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is "Number 8" in this series and is one of the earlier designs, dating to 1880.

These motifs all incorporated Aesthetic as well as natural elements. This has diamond cut leafy details as well as what appears to be a stalk of grass or wheat, all set against a satin ground.

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Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2416f   $75.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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A major manufacturer located in Syracuse, New York, Hotchkiss & Schreuder was a presence in the world of mid 19th century silver.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz. example stamped "H & S" with the letters in circles and the "&" in a diamond is a good example of the quality of the firm's output. This particular mark was used by the company 1857-64.

Those dates would fit the style of this. It has a twisted stem and a flat end with shaped margins and a slightly upturned end. This is engine... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard Boston "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Tea Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2415f   $48.00

Bigelow, Kennard Boston
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins,... Click for details

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