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Six Matched Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Strawberry Forks
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2506f   $115.00

Six Matched Towle
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Commonly found as single items, strawberry forks are much less so preserved in sets, as is the case with these six matching pieces in Towle's "Canterbury."

Each one is 5 5 1/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 3.2 T. oz.

They are in flawless condition and absent monograms or removals of same. The late 19th century, scroll and bead design is fully articulated and without any polishing wear. The delicate tines are all straight, even, and remain pointed. The finish has a... Click for details

1868 Gorham "Rosette" Solid Sterling Silver Nut Pick
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2505f   $20.00

1868 Gorham
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Rosette" dates from 1868, the first year that Gorham went fully to a sterling rather than coin silver standard.

Indeed, this is stamped "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Pat. 68."

The pattern takes its name from the six petal flower element set in a circle. This motif was widely employed in the period, commonly showing up on furniture and incorporated in architectural design detail.

The handle terminal features a... Click for details

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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2504f   $22.00

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s. ... Click for details

Arthur Stone Heywood "Reverse Tipt" A&C Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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2503f   $75.00

Arthur Stone Heywood
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937.

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Richard Ferris, Exeter, England, 1797 Engraved Sterling Tablespoon
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Richard Ferris, Exeter, England, 1797 Engraved Sterling Tablespoon
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Measuring 8 3/4" and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this tablespoon is fully and clearly marked for sterling, Richard Ferris, Exeter, England, and with a date letter for 1797.

It is very much a period piece, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end. The front is extensively engraved in star burst and leaf motifs as well as with wriggle work. There is a fancy script "H" monogram on the front.

There is thumb drop on the reverse of the large, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest by 1/2" deep, bowl, which... Click for details

Durgin "Bouquet" (Poppy) Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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2501f   $28.00

Durgin
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As appealing a pattern as it is scarce, Durgin's "Bouquet" portrays a variety of floral themes.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon features poppy blossoms, buds, and leaves. The design is low relief, highly detailed, and set against a stipple ground.

While of unknown issue date, the irregular border with detailing suggestive of bamboo or twigs suggests an Aesthetic influence, which in turn would place it late in the 19th century.

In addition to "Sterling," it is also... Click for details

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Tiffany "Vine" (Grape) Large Sterling Silver Berry Shovel
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2500f   On Hold

Tiffany
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In his comprehensive volume on Tiffany silver flatware, William Hood writes extensively about the "Vine" pattern and its many motifs.

Along with numerous illustrations, he includes an inventory of the various pieces organized by their portraiture. He mentions the berry shovel, but does not offer an image (although he does illustrate it in another line), suggesting it is a rare form in this pattern. Much more common is the berry spoon.

The berry shovel outsizes the berry spoon in all... Click for details

Rare Hanoverian Teaspoon by Philip Roker II, w/Full Name Mark c. 1740
Silver : Sterling

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20150627-04   $47.50

Rare Hanoverian Teaspoon by Philip Roker II, w/Full Name Mark c. 1740
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Offered is a fine early English sterling silver teaspoon in the Hanoverian pattern by well-known specialist spoonmaker and silversmith Philip Roker II. The mark on this spoon is a rare example of eighteenth century English maker's mark incorporating a full surname name, rather than initials only. I've never had another example, although there are a few Roker spoons floating around with this mark. The P:ROKER mark on the back of the handle (along with a lion passant) was an unregistered mark... Click for details

Fine Crested English Sterling Gravy Ladle Ca. 1814 - Heathcote Family
Silver : Sterling

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20150627-03   $75.00

Fine Crested English Sterling Gravy Ladle Ca. 1814 - Heathcote Family
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Offered is a very fine English Georgian sterling silver gravy or sauce ladle bearing London hallmarks for 1814-15, and a maker's mark for Thomas Wallis II and Jonathan Hayne, working in partnership from around 1810 to 1816. This ladle bears a lovely engraved period armorial for the Heathcote family, specifically the Heathcote Baronets of Hursley House in Hampshire, once the property of Richard Cromwell, the Protector. More information on this family can be found below and online. This sauce... Click for details

French First Standard Silver (.950) Very Large "King" Dinner Fork
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2497f   $60.00

French First Standard Silver (.950) Very Large
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European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge.

The pattern is a... Click for details

Gorham "Cromwell" Old Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
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2495f   $22.00

Gorham
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Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them.

"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.

This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz.

It has a nearly flat bowl, with... Click for details

Gorham "Delhi" Aesthetic Solid Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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2492f   $55.00

Gorham
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A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.

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Immaculate Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
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2491f   $65.00

Immaculate Durgin
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In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same. ... Click for details

Large, Mint Condition Dominick & Haff "New King" Sterling Gravy Ladle
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2489f   $155.00

Large, Mint Condition Dominick & Haff
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a pattern motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized... Click for details

Allan Adler Arts & Crafts "Swedish Modern" Small Sterling Silver Fork
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2487f   $55.00

Allan Adler Arts & Crafts
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Sources indicate Allan Adler established his own workshop in 1939, which continued in operation until his death in 2003. The son-in-law of renowned Arts & Crafts silversmith Porter Blanchard, and a person with whom he apprenticed, he continued to fashion silver in the A&C manner throughout his working years.

This example is a small, 5 3/16" long, and weighty, 1.0 T. oz., fork in the 1944 "Swedish Modern" pattern. It is an unusual size and may have been a specialized piece.

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Whiting "No. 1" Floral Pierced Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2486f   $65.00

Whiting
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An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling... Click for details

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