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Gorham "Versailles" 1888 Version Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2735f   $60.00

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One of Gorham's most heralded patterns, Gorham's "Versailles" is an ebullient figural design that speaks well in grand scale.

This 6" long, weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., youth fork is evidence that it also presents well, even charmingly, in small scale. It features two cherubs resting languidly up against one another.

The backside is inscribed with the name of the original recipient, "Benita," and what is presumably her birth date, "Aug. 21, '98."

It remains in excellent... Click for details

Gorham Egyptian Revival "Isis" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2733f   $245.00

Gorham Egyptian Revival
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long,... Click for details

Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Large Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2732f   $58.00

Towle
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the... Click for details

Wendt "Bird" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2730f   $110.00

Wendt
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Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2218   $850.00

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.37 Troy ounces (each), monogrammed as shown, fine condition, scarce.

Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" 5 O'Clock Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2729f   $90.00

Six Frank Smith
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Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no... Click for details

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Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2728f   $42.00

Whiting
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A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Acid Etched Sterling Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2726f   $275.00

Tiffany
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Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl... Click for details

12 Matched Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, Twist Handle Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2725f   On Hold

12 Matched Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, Twist Handle Sterling Spoons
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Each of these twelve, circa 1865, spoons measures 5 11/16" long, while the group weighs 6.2 T. oz.

Appearing to be teaspoons, they exhibit a delicacy that suggests they might have been intended for ice cream.

Marked "Bailey & Co." and with that firm's "lion, S, shield" hallmark denoting sterling. There is a second, larger lion guardant imprint, which Catherine Hollan in her recent work "Philadelphia Silversmiths," identifies as George Sharp's, who was a major supplier to Bailey. ... Click for details

Watson "Orleans" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2724f   On Hold

Watson
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a... Click for details

Uncommon Gorham "Newcastle" Sterling Silver Fruit Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2723f   $45.00

Uncommon Gorham
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and relatively heavy at just over .9 T. oz., this fruit fork is a rarely found form.

It has four lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed while the inner two are straight and joined by a crossbar.

The pattern is Gorham's "Newcastle," which is a beaded design dating from 1895. This example is inscribed with a fancy script "NAM" on the front and on the back "from M.L.T.C. 4.14.1904" so is early production in the line.

It is in flawless condition showing... Click for details

Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
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Offered is a good pair of antique Georgian Scottish sterling silver toddy ladles by Edinburgh silversmith William Constable. These ladles were assayed in Edinburgh circa 1822 and bear corresponding hallmarks. Each ladle also has an engraved period script monogram. These ladles measure about six inches in length and the pair weighs about 48 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, though one ladle has a very slight waviness in the handle (see picture). There are no splits or repairs. ... Click for details

Rare, Original Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Ideal Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2720f   $185.00

Rare, Original Towle
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A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with... Click for details

Earliest Mark Georg Jensen "41" Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2719f   $135.00

Earliest Mark Georg Jensen
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Judging from the number of examples that are available, pattern number "41" was one of Georg Jensen's most popular designs. It has a curled handle with beaded detail, and a cut leaf shaped bowl.

Offered in a number of sizes, this example measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It is a significant in that it carries Jensen's earliest, entwined J and G, mark placing it far closer to the hand of the master than most instances, many of which were made subsequent to Jensen's... Click for details

Alvin "Edward VII" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2718f   $135.00

Alvin
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A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving... Click for details

Tiffany "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Salt Shaker No. 7287
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2717f   $140.00

Tiffany
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One of the most successful 19th century patterns produced by Tiffany, and still widely sought after today, "Chrysanthemum" was made in a wide array of hollowware matching the flatware.

This 2 1/4" tall, 1 1/4" base diameter, approximately 1.0 T. oz., shaker is just such an example.

It is stamped on the underside "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling-Silver," and with an "M" flanked by the model number "7287" and the order number "6460."

The sides are grooved, as is the screw fitted cap. The... Click for details

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