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Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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3627f   $115.00


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A solid silver, 5 7/8" long, just under 1.1 T. oz. sardine fork, this piece was made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey.

The pattern, "Douvaine," is the embodiment of the Art Nouveau style, for which Unger became so well known in both silver flatware and jewelry realms.

It features a dolphin or fish image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure or mask face set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a... Click for details

Arthur Stone pierced and chased small pie server
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2353   Inquire for Price


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craftsman Charles W. Brown, length 8 3/8 inches, weight 1.65 Troy ounces, excellent condition, no monogram.

Chickering shows a fish knife in a similar pattern with notes that Stone was heavily influenced by Dresser's "The Art of Decorative Design (pl. XXVI)", which we have reproduced here in enlargement number five.

12 Gorham No. 8 "Palm" Aesthetic Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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3626f   On Hold


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One of a limited line of special design items that Gorham produced in the late 19th century, each of these twelve, matching, 3 7/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the lot, spoons is stamped with the number "8."

Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1885."

Commonly referred to as demitasse spoons, catalogues of the period refer to them as coffee spoons.

These numbered pieces are of an elevated quality, exhibiting novelty of design and exceptional... Click for details

Wm. Gale & Son "French Thread" Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
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3625f   $135.00


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Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively... Click for details

Durgin "Fairfax" Sollid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
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3624f   On Hold


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An early example of "Fairfax" made by Durgin, and not the successor Gorham Company, this tomato server measures 8 1/4" long and weighs 2.2 T. oz.

All silver, it has a reticulated, round blade with cupped shoulders and a scalloped edge.

The handle is engraved "R" in Old English lettering.

In choice estate condition, the only signs of use are faint surface scratches consistent with gentle use. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or mars in the piercing. The finish is bright and richly... Click for details

Durgin STRAWBERRY strawberry forks, pair of
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2351   $95.00


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length 4 3/4 inches, weight .68 oz. Troy, excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown, retailed by Boston's own Shreve Crump & Low.

You'd be hard pressed to find better examples than these.

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Towle GEORGIAN asparagus fork
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2350   $325.00


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length 9 1/8 inches, weight 4.75 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

In all probability, this item is not terribly old. Towle remanufactured many pieces of this pattern in the mid 1980's, in an attempt to recapture some of their former glory. So though it's entirely legit, we can't represent this as antique. However, as with Gorham's later (also 1980's) production of historic patterns, the utmost care has been taken and no apologies need be made for the quality of this... Click for details

Whiting "Alhambra" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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3623f   $145.00


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Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural, repetitive pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 9 1/2" long, 2.1 T. oz., ice cream server.

The blade has a curved and upswept lower edge that leads to a pointed tip. The upper edge is raised and has a scalloped flange edge, which repeats on the lower shoulder.

The surface is engraved with a rosette motif with acanthus leaves leading from this.... Click for details

William Venning silver tablespoon, New Brunswick circa 1840
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2349   Sold


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with squared chamfered shoulders and oval drop, length 8 1/2 inches, weight 1.93 Troy ounces, some light and faded scratches in bowl but fine overall condition, monogrammed as shown, fully marked.

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Place Fork
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3622f   $75.00


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New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.... Click for details

Tiffany & Co. "Olympian" Sterling Silver Youth Spoon
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Slightly larger than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" long, with a generously proportioned bowl, and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this piece is a youth spoon.

The pattern is Tiffany's elaborate "Olympian" which portrays a variety of mythological scenes. The image on this is "Diana and her nymphs," as identified by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware.

In excellent overall condition, retaining clear detail free of polishing wear, this has the added embellishment of a gold washed bowl, front... Click for details

Wendt "Medallion" Sterling Silver 3 Piece Youth Set
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3617f   $195.00


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A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all... Click for details

12 Whiting Art Nouveau "Grape" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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3616f   $150.00


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A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Likely dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised leaf, scroll, and flower motif extending into an... Click for details

Whiting LILY dessert spoons, six
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2346   Sold


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length 6 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 9.63 ounces (!), excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement.

These have exceptional detail and die depth. Note early "PAT APP. FOR" mark.

Wood & Hughes "Humboldt" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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3611f   $65.00


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Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.

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Ellen's pie fork
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2345   $35.00


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length 6 1/8 inches, weight .84 oz Troy, marked as shown in fourth enlargement. If memory serves me correctly, and on occasion these days it does, this is a Durgin pattern.

Perhaps you know an Ellen who loves pie, though on second thought who doesn't love pie, so let's leave out the perhaps.

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