Gorham garvy or sauce ladle in the "Josephine" pattern, patented 1855. Marked incuse with PATENT 1855 and COIN. Mono "ACH" in Copperplate. Bowl has been very slightly bent on the right but has been straightened. This does not detract from usefulness or appearance, but does result in a lower price.
Josephine was Mary Todd Lincoln's silver pattern. This piece was retailed by Bigelow Bros. & Kennard, Boston. It is 7-1/2" in length. Note the crisp foliate decoration on the back of the bowl (see pic). Never engraved; condition is near-mint.
Made by Albert Coles, NYC, c1850-60 -- consisting of: 6 table (or serving) spoons - 8-1/4"; 6 forks - 7-3/4"; 6 hollow-handle knives with silver blades - 7-1/2"; 6 teaspoons - 6-1/4" long. Total weight is 30 Troy oz. The forks have a bit of tinewear, otherwise the set is in remarkably fine condition.
Unknown floral-and-shell pattern, similar to Gorham Queen -- shaped blade, hollow handle (mercifully wholly intact -- no splits, no dings -- marvellous) -- feathered script mono SCD on blade, later script engraving on handle: Helen April 1894. Length is 7-1/4". Condition is excellent.
Bright cut. Downturned handle with oval end. Long drop. Length 9-1/8". Weight 2.1 troy ounces. Lengthwise script monogram BET (not sure of the T). Overall and mark condition are excellent (Belden mark a).
Single-struck pattern (only on one side), scalloped scimitar blade pierced with styllized birds and outline of fish with engraved scales and head; feathered script mono R M F on front; 12-1/4", mint condition.
Description: Upturned handle, shaped blade with elaborate engraving of scrolls and designs; feathered script mono M E L on front of handle; 11-1/2", excellent. NOTE: We have an extensive inventory of fiddlethread and welcome youor inquiry.