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International "Stratford" (Carnation) Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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3960f   $54.00


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A lengthy at 8 1/2", and weighty at 2.4 T. oz., piece, this fork dates to the early 20th century.

The pattern is "Stratford," which is an Art Nouveau floral design made by International, whose Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The floral portraiture is carnation, bundles of which are arrayed on both sides of the handle, abundantly so in the cup and shoulders of the serving end front and modestly so on the heel... Click for details

6 Alvin BRIDAL ROSE gumbo soup spoons
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2401   $425.00


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length 6 7/8 inches, monogram "F", excellent condition, weight 9 oz. Troy, marked with Alvin trademark; "Sterling" and "Patent".

These are find, old pieces with excellent detail and die depth.

Paye & Baker "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Horseradish Spoon
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3957f   On Hold


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Designed to reach deep into a characteristically tall horseradish jar, this condiment spoon measures a lengthy 7 1/8" and weighs .6 T. oz.

Made by Paye & Baker whose "P&B inside hearts" emblem, and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside, the pattern is "Poppy", which is one of that company's several expressive Art Nouveau designs issued during the first decade of the 20th Century.

The poppy flowers, leaves, and stems are set in fine detail against a stippled background on both the... Click for details

Eight Old Stieff "Chrysanthemum" Repousse Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
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3956f   $275.00


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Each of these matching oyster, aka seafood or shrimp cocktail, forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the group weighs 7.4 T. oz., or just under 1.0 T. oz. each.

Marked "Sterling 925," the pattern is Stieff's (later Kirk-Stieff, Baltimore) early 20th century "Chrysanthemum," which is a dense repousse design.

These are very early items in the production history of this pattern, evidenced by the fact that the eight are engraved "S(?)MP 1.10.03" in script on the open reserve area on the reverses... Click for details

Watson "Pond Lily" Fort Sumter, Charleston SC Sterling Souvenir Spoon
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3953f   $46.00


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Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified. The rendering is precise and... Click for details

Whiting "Italian" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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3952f   $48.00


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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow.

This piece has a relatively deep, round, scallop-shaped, pierced bowl with a gray... Click for details

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Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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3949f   On Hold


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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" incorporated a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle that features a blackberry motif. This includes the fruit, leaves, stems, and blossoms of the plant arrayed on the full length of the handle front.

The handle backside is plain save for an embellished Old English "D" monogram and the marks, which include Whiting's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," "9," and the name of the... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Viola" Choice Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
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3948f   $105.00


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Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash.

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Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
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3945f   $26.00


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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the... Click for details

Aesthetic Bright Cut Floral Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3944f   $70.00


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An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

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6 Durgin FAIRFAX salad forks
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2399   $95.00


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length 6 1/8 inches, total Troy weight 5.53 ounces, lightly monogrammed "D", fine condition.

McCarty & Hurlbert, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3941f   $90.00


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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

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Towle "Old Newbury" Solid Sterling Silver Toast Server
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3940f   $265.00


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A large item measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing just under 3.5 T. oz., this piece is identifiable by its unusual 4" by 3 1/2", open work blade, designed to accommodate toast.

Made by Towle at the turn of the 20th century, the pattern is "Old Newbury," which has beaded margins and a scroll and leaf tip handle.

There is a line script "J" monogram on the handle front and "1876-1901" engraved on the reverse, indicating this was a 25th anniversary piece, and also incidentally documenting that... Click for details

Wendt "Union" Sterling Silver Right Angle Master Butter Knife
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3938f   $88.00


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This lengthy at 7 5/8" and robust at approximately 1.5 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife was made by New York's John Wendt, whose characteristic "Patent 925" (for sterling) and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer appear on the blade.

The pattern is "Union," and is quite similar to "Gibney," designed by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both it and "Union" issued in 1862.

The handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, oval end, all elements that are very much of its... Click for details

Gorham "Jac Rose" Bright Cut Sterling Silver Vegetable Spoon
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3937f   $95.00


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An engraved design dating from the 1880s, Gorham's "Jac Rose" must have been an especially well-received pattern given the quantity of inventory of it that has survived to the present time, though there are few extant examples in as fine condition as this piece.

The rose theme is presented on an "Old English," rounded end, handle with a bright finished, tipt back, and a satin matte finished front.

The detailed floral and leaf imagery shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 1/2"... Click for details

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
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3936f   $85.00


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Measuring 6 3/8" long, with a large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" at the widest bowl, and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz., this is a preserve or jelly spoon.

It is an early example of Alvin's Art Nouveau style "Old Orange Blossom" pattern marked with the Alvin emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all in fine, precise, lettering as would be expected of an original piece in this line.

There is a script "SRN" monogram lightly engraved on the handle front.

In very good estate condition, the pattern remains... Click for details

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