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S. Kirk & Son Co. "Repousse" Sterling Silver Chocolate Muddler
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The mark on this 8 1/8" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., long handled spoon with round bowl, is "S. Kirk & Son. Co. 925/1000," which according to Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers was used by Kirk on flatware 1907-14, making this a relatively early production example of the company's flagship "Repousse" pattern.

A chocolate muddler, it is an uncommon piece, designed to reach deep into a chocolate pot to stir any powder that may have settled on the bottom. ... Click for details

Whiting "Old King" Sterling Silver Fancy Bowl Gravy Ladle
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4355f   $85.00


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Otherwise a faithful interpretation of a traditional English design, Whiting's late 19th century "New King" is more precisely a "Queens" pattern, with a convex shell and a flower head and honeysuckle or rosette on the handle front.

American manufacturers generally failed to distinguish between these two kindred motifs, choosing instead to treat the decorative details as interchangeable.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle.

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Engraved c. 1870 Engraved Sterling Silver Fish or Master Butter Knife
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This 7 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz., likely fish but possibly master butter, knife is an unusual form.

It has a solid, rounded end, flat, handle that is engraved front and back sides with an anthemion design, as well as a Victorian period "MSS" monogram.

A pointed end, symmetrical, sword-like blade is set at a right angle to this. It is engraved in a leaf pattern that is compatible with the design on the handle.

Marked "Sterling," there is no maker's identification, although the style suggests... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Pierced Bowl Olive Spoon
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4349f   $36.00


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A company known for its Art Nouveau designs, Unger Brothers' "Narcissus" pattern in this mode differs from the interpretation of other manufacturers, as evidenced by this 6 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., olive spoon.

It features the blossom from a straight on rather than the more typical profile, perspective, lending it a star-like imagery. It also incorporates long trailing leaves tracing down the handle as well as serving as a backdrop for the flower.

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Robert Hennell Georgian Sterling Silver Master Salt Shovel
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4348f   $32.00


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The "R pellet H" and "lion" mark on this 3 1/2" long, 6 gram (.2 T. oz.), spoon could indicate any of three generations of London silversmiths named Robert Hennell, although the "Hanoverian" style handle with a midrib and upturned end date it to the 18th century and thereby suggest the first in the line.

It has an unusual shovel form bowl with rippled sides, rather than the typical hemispherical shape.

Without a monogram or inscription, it remains in very good condition. Without bends or... Click for details

Shiebler "Diamond" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon with Unusual Bowl
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A pattern originated by New York's John Polhamus and later continued by George Shiebler, "Diamond" is an elaborate Gothic Revival design.

This 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped with Shiebler's early "GW over S" mark, "Pat. 74," "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Palmer, Bachelder & Co."

A striking feature of the piece is the shovel-shaped bowl with scalloped edges, a grooved base, and a finely engraved, gold washed surface. This form is... Click for details

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London 1760 "W.C" Hanoverian Rattail Sterling Silver Coffee Spoon
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A charming Georgian period piece, this 4 1/4" long, .3 T. oz. (9 grams), English spoon bears a lion passant for sterling silver, and the marker's mark "W.C."

These letters (with a period between them) along with the mid 18th century style of the piece indicate either silversmith William Cripps or William Chatterton, both of London.

The handle is "Hanoverian," with a midrib on the front and a rattail on the bowl reverse.

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Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Old Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4344f   $72.00


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Measuring 7" long and weighing approximately 1.6 T. oz., this master butter knife is an original example of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," a pattern issued in 1901.

It is marked with the company's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Pat. Appl'd For," and "Sterling" on the reverse, all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected of an original piece.

It is also engraved on the reverse in a period, flowing, feathered script, "EOA" monogram.

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Thomas Townsend Dublin 1812 "Tipt" Heavy Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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4340f   $100.00


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This George III fork is fully hallmarked for Dublin, Ireland, 1812, and sterling silver. The maker's letters are "TT," which is likely Thomas Townsend or possibly Thomas Tudor, and "Law" for retailer William Law.

A dinner fork, it is a lengthy 8" and is exceptionally heavy at 2.4 T. oz.

Very finely crafted, it is a "Tipt" aka "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, with high, angular shoulders off the gracefully curved heel of the bowl. The four elongated tines are slender and pointed.

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Shreve, Brown & Co. "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4339f   $48.00


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A substantially sized item that measures 7 1/2" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife traces to mid 19th century Boston.

It is stamped "Shreve, Brown & Co.," which was an 1857-60 partnership in the chain of evolution for the firm that eventually became Boston's carriage trade "Shreve, Crump & Low."

It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this period when coin silver was the prevailing silver standard.

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Wallace "Sappho" Sterling Silver 1898 Presentation Fork
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4334f   $40.00


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An elegant and complex raised shell, bead, and leaf, design, Wallace's "Sappho" was issued in 1895.

This example, a 6 7/8" long, just under 1.4 T. oz., tea or dessert fork was a gift item.

The front reads in cursive lettering, "To Carrie," while the backside is inscribed "From Mother Dec. 4th 98."

A charming piece on its own, the memorialization of the affection Mother held for Carrie evidenced in this transforms a simple implement into a touchstone that enshrines their lives in a... Click for details

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "King" Sterling Silver Entre Serving Fork
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The English inspired design on this exceptionally large, 11 1/4" long, 5.3 T. oz., serving fork is typically identified as "King" or "Kings" in American convention, but as clarified in Catherine Hollan's comprehensive Philadelphia Silversmiths, it is technically a "Queen with honeysuckle" pattern (illustration page 250).

Of uncertain intent, this mid 19th century form was clearly of a scale suitable for use as a banquet item.

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Reed & Barton "La Marquise" Flowered Bowl Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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4331f   $34.00


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A deeply textured scroll and bead design, Reed & Barton's "La Marquise" was introduced in 1895.

A weighty line, this 6" long sugar spoon weighs fractionally more than 1.0 T. oz.

It has a decorative bowl with a rippled rim and a tumble of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves in the heel and upper edge, front and back sides.

Never monogrammed, this remains in flawless estate condition, showing no evidence of wear or use and having a bright finish.

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Mid 18th C. London"Shell Back" Sterling Silver Spoon TD.WW Maker
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4330f   $38.00


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With registration dates from the 1750s, the "WC over WW with a pellet" mark, accompanied by a "lion," on this 4 11/16" long, .4 T. oz. spoon stands for the partnership of London silversmiths Thomas Devonshire and William Watkins.

Given the handle is narrow, the mark is only partially imprinted, but still distinct enough for a certain attribution.

The handle is upturned, i.e. "Hanoverian," and shows two monograms. One on the reverse reads "H over W*M," in block lettering which is original,... Click for details

Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Set Six Sterling Silver Ice Cream Forks
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4327f   $275.00


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Original, early examples of Alvin's Art Nouveau "Old Orange Blossom" pattern, each of these six, matching, 5 1/8" long, 4.1 T. oz. the group, ice cream forks has an upturned end, a flowing script "FPS" monogram on the handle front, and is marked with the company's three part emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," all in fine, precise lettering.

Ice cream forks, they are basically spoons with three tines (hence frequently called "sporks," a term that is too cute by far). The bowls have cupped,... Click for details

Whiting "Roses & Scrolls" aka "LaFrance" Sterling Silver Oyster Ladle
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4325f   $185.00


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The Whiting pattern on this 10 1/4" long, weighty at 5.1 T. oz., oyster or small soup ladle was introduced in 1890 and is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

The arched handle has a smooth, polished, surface that is essentially carved with clusters of, appropriate to the name, rose blossoms and scrolls.

The 3 1/2" by 3" by 1 1/8" deep bowl has a scalloped edge, embossed interior, and retains traces of an... Click for details

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