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J.S. MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved Sterling Silver Tablespoon x 5
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3486f   $42.00


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Measuring 8 1/2" long, and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz., this table or serving spoon dating circa 1880 and originating in Baltimore, is stamped with "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

It is an engraved "Lily" pattern set on an "Old English" handle, and shows the influence of Aesthetic (Eastlake) design sensibilities in its naturalistic and abstract motifs.

The background behind the engraving has a satin finish along with an "FMA" feathered script monogram.

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Durgin "Fairfax" Sterling Silver Cucumber Server, No Monogram
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3484f   On Hold


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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this cucumber server is an early example of the 1910 "Fairfax" pattern produced by Durgin, and marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd."

It has a scalloped edge serving end, with a pierced surfaced and raised heel.

Without a monogram or removal, and having a warm, even, patina, it is in excellent estate condition. It shows no polishing wear or other signs of wear apart from light surface scratches consistent with normal use.

Holly, engraved master butter knife
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2316   $65.00


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length 7 3/4 inches, weight a generous 1.95 Troy ounces, no monogram, marked only sterling but probably Vansant.

There is some slight wear to engraving on blade, though nothing tragic, and also a few scratches as shown in first enlargement which I'll gladly attempt to polish out before shipping if you ask me very nicely.

Gorham H158 Art Nouveau Large Cast Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3476f   $375.00


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Gorham produced a great array of items in various forms either side of 1900 in a line which the company designated with an "H" number.

Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation.

There were several designs offered in this subset of large spoons, of which this... Click for details

Thomas Freeth Georgian Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3473f   $110.00


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Measuring a generous 11 3/8" long and weighing a substantial 4.0 T. oz., this fish slice is fully marked for London, 1801-02, sterling silver, and maker Thomas Freeth (TF).

It is something of a utilitarian item with a straightforward design. The handle pattern is essentially "Old English," with a rounded and down turned end, but without a tipt backside. It has a "C.A.G." monogram on the front, with a subtle dip in the surface below this which may be an old monogram removal, or just a slight... Click for details

"Flora" by George Shiebler Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
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3471f   $235.00


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Featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's 1889 early Art Nouveau "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., serving fork, however, are quite rare.

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Michie, Cincinnati, "Antique" Silver Table or Serving Spoon
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3467f   $52.00


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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

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Kerr for BS&F "Lamb" Sterling Silver Food Pusher & Knife
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3465f   $95.00


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This baby food pusher and companion knife were made by Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, which was well-known for children's items, and retailed in New York City by the prominent firm of Black, Starr & Frost.

The "Pointed Antique," 4" long pusher has a 1 1/4" wide by 1" high blade and is solid silver, weighing nearly 1.1 T. oz. The matching "Pointed Antique" knife is 7 1/2" long and has a filled silver handle and plated blade.

Each piece is engraved "Mildred" and "February 4, 1914,"... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Large Fluted Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3464f   $210.00


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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

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A. F. Towle "Wentworth" with Cherub Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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3463f   $32.00


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A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

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Newcastle "Stalker & Mitchison" George III Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
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3462f   $225.00


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Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

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London 1799 GS/TH Sterling Silver with Natural Handle Butter Curler
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3459f   $95.00


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More than two centuries old, this unusual British item is likely a butter scraper or curler, or in American terminology a butter (or perhaps soft cheese) spreader.

Marked for London 1799-1800 and makers George Smith and Thomas Hayter, whom Jackson's Hallmarks describes as "good, general makers," it has a sterling silver blade and shank, and a turned, natural material, handle that is stained a lime green.

It measures 7 7/8" long overall, with a 2 3/4" by 1 5/8", slightly cupped,... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard & Co. "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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3453f   $40.00


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A Boston firm with a long history, and operating under several names reflecting numerous partnerships, the "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on this 6 7/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., preserve soon dates it sometime from 1867 onward. It is also stamped "925 in a circle," for sterling silver.

An "Oval Thread" or "Threaded Antique" pattern, it is engraved with a script "EWS" on the handle front.

The bowl is a shell form, with a scalloped rim.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no wear or... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Trajan" Sterling Silver Cheese Scoop, Old & Original
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3452f   On Hold


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Retailed by J.K. Laudermilch of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and so marked, along with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion," "Sterling," and "Patent 1892," this large cheese scoop measures 7 7/8" long and weighs a robust 2.1 T. oz.

The pattern is "Trajan," which is a bold, high relief, repousse-like, leaf and floral design. The handle backside has a reserve area that is engraved with a script "R" monogram.

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Gorham 1880 "Empress" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3449f   $115.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

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Tiffany "Vine" (Grape) Sterling Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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3446f   $415.00


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An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides.

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