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Whiting "Radiant" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon with Ruffled Bowl
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4115f   $95.00


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The pattern on this 7 5/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., preserve or small berry spoon is "Radiant," issued by Whiting in 1896.

An elaborate design, it features a fan-like end with a gadrooned surface, along with a series of floral clusters and acanthus leaf detailing.

This pattern appeared in at least three bowl styles, one of which is a shell form and one a modified shell, while this example is essentially round, and has ruffled shoulders and heel, complimented with an embossed flower swag, all... Click for details

James Beebe, London 1822, Massive "Kings" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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4113f   $85.00


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Sometimes referred to as banquet size, this 8 1/4" long dinner fork is large even by an English standard, and immensely heavy by any measure, weighing 3.3 T. oz.

A "Kings" pattern with a shell back on the heel of the tine area, it is fully marked for "Sterling," "London," "1822-23," and maker "JB," i.e. James Beebe.

It is engraved with a "standing eagle" crest on the handle front.

It is in superb condition without damage, having straight, even, and well-pointed tines, and showing a warm... Click for details

Wallace Art Nouveau "Peony" Intaglio Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4112f   $85.00


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Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is a 7", weighty as noted at nearly 1.9 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a scalloped edge bowl, with a broad, rounded end, slightly flanged shoulders, and a raised groove interior.

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Hebbard for Tiffany & Co "French Thread" Unusual Coin Silver Spoon x 2
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4110f   $65.00


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This 7" long place or dessert spoon stands apart on several counts, the first of which is its exceptionally heavy weight at marginally over 2.0 T. oz.

Secondly, marked "Tiffany & Co.," it traces to the early years of the firm when it operated solely as a retailer.

In this case the maker was Henry Hebbard, whose three part "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the handle backside.

Thirdly, it is to a coin silver standard, so stamped, which is unusual for Tiffany which prompted,... Click for details

Towle Floral "Arlington" Large Sterling Silver Cheese Scoop
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4106f   On Hold


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A dense floral, multi-motif, design, "Arlington" was one of Towle Silversmith's earliest patterns, issued in 1884.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, 1.9 T. oz., cheese scoop. It is an original piece and not made up from another form (usually spoon).

The serving end is tubular, with high, raised, tapered and angular sidewalls that nearly meet in an arc toward the heel. This is finished in a bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

The handle reverse is plain, save for the Towle... Click for details

Shreve & Co., SF, Durgin "Dauphin" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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4105f   $375.00


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A 9" long, 3.2 T. oz., piece, this item was made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside. The name of the retailer, San Francisco's "Shreve & Co." is imprinted on the handle edge.

The pattern is "Dauphin," which is a late 19th century design that features an array of rose blossoms and leaves with a crossed ribbon motif along the handle edges. The floral pattern carries into the bowl where it covers about half the interior.

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James Vancourt, NY, "Jenny Lind" Coin Silver Fish Serving Knife & Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4104f   $285.00


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Designed by New York City's Albert Coles, "Jenny Lind" was subsequently produced by a number of mid 19th century manufacturers.

This fish serving fork and slice in this pattern are each stamped with the three part "eagle, V, bust" hallmark used by James Vancourt who was in a partnership with Albert's nephew, William Coles, from 1848 to about 1852. There is an "erased C" faintly visible in the marks on these, indicative of the former pairing (see William McGrew Manufacturers' Marks on... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" (Ram's Head) Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
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4102f   $44.00


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This sugar spoon measures 5 3/4" long and weighs .7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "1."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" (Ram's Head) Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4101f   $65.00


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Solid silver and flat handled, this master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "5."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and... Click for details

Gorham "Henry II" Figural Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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4098f   $75.00


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Large for sugar tongs, this pair measure 4 7/8" long and weigh 1.3 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "B.B. & Co." for Philadelphia's Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia, appear on the inside of one leg.

The pattern is "Henry II" which was issued at the turn of the 20th century and represents an homage to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

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Whiting "Persian," Wm. Wise Retailer, Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4097f   $80.00


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Measuring 6 7/8" long, and weighty at approximately 1.5 T. oz., this spoon is stamped with Whiting's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. Appd. For" (indicating it is an early production piece in the line), and with the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "W(illiam). Wise."

The pattern is "Persian," which dates from 1880. It is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

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Dominick & Haff Aesthetic "Hammered" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4096f   On Hold


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Of an overall length, 6 1/8", suggestive of a sugar spoon, the large, 2 1/4" x 1 1/2", bowl on this approximately 1.0 T. oz. piece implies it was designed for preserve or jelly.

Made by Dominick & Haff, it is stamped with the company's three part emblem and the word "Sterling" on the reverse.

An unnamed pattern, it likely dates from the Aesthetic period of silver design, circa 1880.

It has an overall hammered surface (including the edges of the handle), which in this instance appears to... Click for details

Watson "Altair" Sterling Silver Nut or Other Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4095f   $65.00


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An early 20th century design, Watson's "Altair" shows the free-flowing expressiveness of its Art Nouveau period, with a rococo flair. It features an asymmetrical array of acanthus leaves with floral (rose) detailing.

This example is 6 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., scoop, likely for nuts.

Watson used two bowls for this piece (which was generally pierced), of which this splayed, shovel-like with scalloped end and scrolled flange shoulders, is the less common. This retains traces of an... Click for details

Whiting "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Butter Pick, Original
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4094f   $56.00


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Commonly referred to as "Peony Twist" referencing the large, single, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its turned stem.

Made by Whiting, this 6 1/4" long, approximately .6 T. oz., butter pick is imprinted with the company's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and the numbers "24" and "2."

An original, i.e. not custom made, item, it has the narrow, twisted, and in this case gold washed, prong tip that characteristics this form.

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Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Large Sterling Silver Dinner Fork x 4
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4092f   $75.00


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The larger of two full-size dinner forks offered in Reed & Barton's Art Nouveau "Francis I" pattern, this fork measures 7 7/8" long and is very heavy at 2.6 T. oz.

An early piece, it carries the R&B "eagle, R, lion" mark, "Sterling," "Pat. June 25 07," and "H," all in fine lettering as expected of old items in this line.

Showing a particularly crisp strike, this is free of any wear, showing the elaborate fruit, leaf, and floral detail of the design in exquisite detail.

Solid Sterling Silver Georgian Asparagus Serving Tongs IB Maker 1800
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4091f   $485.00


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A large item, this pair of tongs measure 9 1/2 long, weigh 6.5 T. oz., and are 1 1/14" wide at the top arch.

Used for serving asparagus, the long, narrow, grips have ribbed or channeled inner surfaces, with the lower one having a notched end to keep the stalks from sliding off.

There is a removable crossbar attached with double screws; this governs the movement of the arms.

Having a date letter for 1800, they are Georgian in period and style, exhibiting a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle... Click for details

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