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Gorham "Royal Oak" Heavy Sterling Silver Dessert Spoon
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2412f   $38.00

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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern shows Art Nouveau influences in its realistic portraiture of oak leaves and acorns.

It is a weighty line, which is the case with this 7 1/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., dessert, aka place or oval soup.

There is an Old English "P" monogram.

It is in superb condition. The fine line detail of the design remains exceptionally clear. The leaves retain a textured surface, and the acorns are rippled on the lower portion and... Click for details

Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver 5 O'Clock Spoon
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2410f   $22.00

Old Whiting
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Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. All aspects of the fine detailing of the pattern remain... Click for details

Towle Engraved "No. 63" c. 1885 Large Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2409f   $55.00

Towle Engraved
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
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2408f   $55.00

Durgin
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the... Click for details

Blackinton "Chippendale" Handle All Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
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2406f   $45.00

Blackinton
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Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup.

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Knowles "Essex" Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Orange Knife
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2405   $55.00

Knowles
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an... Click for details

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Gorham Figural "Lady Washington" Sterling Shell Bowl Gravy Ladle
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2404f   $95.00

Gorham Figural
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. ... Click for details

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins "Repousse" Corn Scraper
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2402dd   $125.00

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter.

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Frank Smith Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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Frank Smith Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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Tracing to early in the history of tea drinking when tea leaves were not processed for cleanliness, and hence left debris or specks, i.e. "mote," in the finished brew, this spoon form evolved to skim the beverage surface for leaves and other matter and unclog the strainer part of the spout.

By the time this 8 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., late 19th century example was produced, the form was becoming redundant, but the appeal and novelty remained, along with functionality.

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Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server
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Gorham
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Jelly cake servers aka jelly cake knives are similar to pastry servers, save they have proportionately longer and narrower blades.

This example was produced by Gorham in its "Empress" pattern. Given that the design appears to have a Persian or Far Eastern influence, and was patented in 1880, as stamped on the backside, it raises the speculation whether the name is connected with Queen Victoria's assumption of the title "Empress of India" in 1877.

This piece measures 8 5/8" long and... Click for details

Choice Gorham "Raphael" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Gold Finish Bowl
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2398f   $34.00

Choice Gorham
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal.

This example is a 6" long, .9 T. oz., weighty feel, sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior... Click for details

Old Gorham "Versailles" Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife
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Old Gorham
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Stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted," which is indicative of the earliest of issue of "Versailles," this ice cream knife or slice measures 10 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 4.1 T. oz. Gorham produced at least three varieties of ice cream servers in Versailles, two flat handle like this, and one hollow handle.

It is an especially fine example that retains sharp pattern detail with minimal softening from polishing. The handle turns... Click for details

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style "Essex" Sterling Silver Cake Fork
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2395f   $75.00

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The defining feature of the piece is the elongated, 3 1/2" overall, serving end which is comprised of three yoked tines with three dimensional scalloped shoulders. The entire surface front and back is finished in a satin matte gold wash.

Dating from 1889, the pattern is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or... Click for details

Quality Estate Kirk & Son "Repousse" Sterling Silver Bacon Fork
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2394dd   $95.00

Quality Estate Kirk & Son
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing almost 1.7 T. oz., this solid silver item is stamped "Sterling" and "S. Kirk & Son," dating it 1932-61.

It is a bacon fork, with a 2 3/4" wide, seven tine, serving end. This is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

It is in mint estate condition. The pattern design remains extremely sharp and has a satin finish. The backside of the handle and the tine area have brightly polished surfaces. The tines themselves are even and free of tip wear,... Click for details

Knowles "Argo" Sawtooth Edge, Pierced Sterling Silver Server
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2391f   $135.00

Knowles
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The function of this 7 1/2" long, weighty at nearly 1.7 T. oz., item made by Knowles in its 1892 "Argo" pattern is some uncertain. Under scaled for such a piece, the form nonetheless most supports it being a small macaroni or oyster server.

The serving end has a curved, sawtooth lower edge bordered by a reticulated area, and an upswept, cupped back with a scalloped rim. The entire surface is finished in a satin matte gold wash on both the front and back sides.

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Mint Dominick & Haff "No. 10" Sterling Silver Chocolate Muddler
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Mint Dominick & Haff
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A fine, multi-flower, predominantly chrysanthemum, Dominick & Haff's "No. 10" was an elegant entry in the realm of Art Nouveau floral patterns that were produced in the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century.

This example is a 7 9/16", just under 1.4 T. oz., chocolate muddler. It is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever, and without a monogram or removal. The essentially round bowl is finished in a matte, bronze toned, gold wash.

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