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Gorham Mid 20th Century Solid Sterling Silver Open Soap Dish
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2757f   $65.00

Gorham Mid 20th Century Solid Sterling Silver Open Soap Dish
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Measuring 5 1/4" by 4" by 3/4" high and weighing 2.3 T. oz., this soap dish was made by Gorham in 1956 according to the date symbol imprinted on the underside.

Other marks include the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "60."

While fitting in the "mid century modern" period, and having the clean lines of that category, it is more truly Chippendale in style. It has a repeating rib design that appears beaded on the rim.

In excellent condition,... Click for details

Gorham Sterling Top with Intaglio Cut Glass Base Inkwell
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2740f   $165.00

Gorham Sterling Top with Intaglio Cut Glass Base Inkwell
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" at the widest, and weighing 1 pound 15 ounces, this inkwell is model number "D31" as indicated by the stamp on the inside rim. Other marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."

This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing.

The silver lid and fitting on the base are decorated with a scrolling leaf form, while the interior of the... Click for details

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2727f   $195.00

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
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The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web... Click for details

Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160508-01   Sold

Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
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Offered is a good pair of antique Georgian Scottish sterling silver toddy ladles by Edinburgh silversmith William Constable. These ladles were assayed in Edinburgh circa 1822 and bear corresponding hallmarks. Each ladle also has an engraved period script monogram. These ladles measure about six inches in length and the pair weighs about 48 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, though one ladle has a very slight waviness in the handle (see picture). There are no splits or repairs. ... Click for details

Lovely Ornate Cast Georgian English Sterling Wine Label Circa 1807
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160414-02   $95.00

Lovely Ornate Cast Georgian English Sterling Wine Label Circa 1807
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Offered is a fine Georgian English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket in the "two putti" style, first introduced by Sandilands Drinkwater in the mid-18th Century, and widely copied by 18th and 19th Century specialist label makers thereafter. This piece is hallmarked for 1807, and the maker's mark of J.A may be for Joseph Angell. This piece measures about 2 3/8 inches across and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is very good, although a couple of links in the chain indicate they may be... Click for details

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label Circa 1806 - Madeira
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160414-01   $40.00

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label Circa 1806 - Madeira
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Offered is a fine and useful English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket made in the Georgian era, and hallmarked apparently for 1806 and probably London. The maker's mark is partially rubbed, but appears to be ?S over ?B. This piece is made to be used to denote Madeira wine, from the Portuguese island. It measures about 1 3/4 inches wide and weighs about 8 grams. Condition is very good overall, with a very slight ripple to one side that is difficult to discern. All in all a lovely... Click for details

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Bright Cut Christmas 1899 Sterling Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2664f   $45.00

Bright Cut Christmas 1899 Sterling Napkin Ring
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Measuring 1 5/8" in diameter, standing 1" high, and weighing just over .7 T. oz., this plain band napkin ring is stamped "Sterling" and with the model number "11" on the inside. It is without a maker's identifier.

It has a matte finish surface with knurled margins and a bright cut leaf and scroll design.

There is a "TGM" script monogram in the reserve area of the engraved design, while the inside of the band is inscribed "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25 '99."

It is in excellent condition,... Click for details

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling and MOP Dessert Fork and Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-02   $47.50

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling and MOP Dessert Fork and Knife
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Offered is a scarce example of very early hallmarked sterling silver from Sheffield - a fine dessert fork and knife hallmarked for 1805-06, and bearing the maker's mark of noted Sheffield silversmith John Law. These pieces have decorated mother of pearl handles and the knife is also engraved with an armorial of a ram's head. The knife measures about 7 11/16 inches in length, and the fork about 6 3/8 inches in length; the pair weighs a total of about 64 grams. Condition is good overall, with... Click for details

Fine Victorian Scottish Silver and Agate Brooch with Original Box
Jewelry : Fine

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-01   Sold

Fine Victorian Scottish Silver and Agate Brooch with Original Box
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Offered is a fine early Scottish agate and silver brooch, circa 1860-80, in what appears to be its original box. This type of pebble jewelry was made popular by Queen Victoria's interest, and the decoration on this brooch is most often seen before 1880. This piece is set with two types of agate; I don't know their proper names or where they may typically be found. This piece measures about 1 3/4 inches in length by 1 1/8 inches in height, and is in very good condition. The box is also in... Click for details

Gorham Aesthetic Engraved Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2636f   $47.00

Gorham Aesthetic Engraved Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
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This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.

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Howard & Co., NY, Solid Sterling Grape Shears, Exceptional
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2610f   $215.00

Howard & Co., NY, Solid Sterling Grape Shears, Exceptional
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This example of Victorian period grape shears or, as period catalogues identify them, scissors, are of a quality that set the bar for such pieces. They excel in terms of design, manufacture, and material.

The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver. Grape shears typically have steel cutters, while these are clearly marked on the backside of the lower blade "Howard & Co.," the date "1892," "New York," and "Sterling." To be sure, they do have darkened... Click for details

Gebelein Sterling Napkin Ring Engraved "Elizabeth"
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2565f   $65.00

Gebelein Sterling Napkin Ring Engraved
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945. His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art.

This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring.

In keeping with Gebelein's Arts & Crafts roots combined with his sensitivities to... Click for details

Irish Georgian Mustard or Horseradish Spoon, Armorial of a Moor's Head
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151114-01   Sold

Irish Georgian Mustard or Horseradish Spoon, Armorial of a Moor's Head
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Offered is a fine Irish sterling silver condiment spoon, probably a dry mustard or horseradish spoon, dating to about 1780-1820. This piece has worn hallmarks that are identifiable as Irish, and came out of an estate full of Irish silver that bore the same or similar armorial of a moor's head; some pieces also had the initials "MM" below the crest, though this does not. This piece and others in the estate descended in the Saunders family from County Wicklow, according to the person from whom I... Click for details

Frank Smith Plain Band Solid Sterling Silver Round Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2565f   On Hold

Frank Smith Plain Band Solid Sterling Silver Round Napkin Ring
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

Gorham parcel gilt basket weave napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2212   Sold

Gorham parcel gilt basket weave napkin ring
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with riotous chrysanthemum decoration, height 1 1/2; diameter 1 3/4 inches, weight 1.34 Troy ounces, model number 1351, date letter "n" (1881), superb condition, monogrammed "Hattie."

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-01   $85.00

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
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Offered is a lovely Georgian English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket made by the noted Barnard family of silversmiths. The mark on this label is number 575 in Arthur Grimwade's "London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837" - it was entered into the assay office rolls in 1829 by Edward Barnard and his three sons, Edward Jr., John and William. Given the style of the sovereign head duty mark, this piece would date to between 1829 and 1834; the date letter is obscured. This wine label or bottle... Click for details

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