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Whiting "Dresden" Floral Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
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4188f   $30.00


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A decorative pattern, Whiting's "Dresden" was issued in 1896 and evokes the baroque style of architecture and design for which the German city of the same name is renowned.

The handle features a trailing run of delicate, posey-like, leaves and flowers surmounted by a scroll and shell end.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The 2" wide bowl has a scalloped edge, faceted and embossed interior, and is finished in a pale gold wash front and back... Click for details

19th Century American Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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4187f   $65.00


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An example of American silver design following after a much older English form, mote, aka skimming, spoons have a pierced bowl on one end, and a pointed or spear tip on the other.

Most discussion about purpose indicates they were originally tea related, used for filtering loose leaves, with the point serving to clear a spout of clogs.

Late Victorian in date, this stylized piece measures 8 1/2" long and weighs not quite .4 T. oz., and could readily double as an olive spoon.

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Pair John Polhamus "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Egg Spoons
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4185f   On Hold


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A pattern originated by John Polhamus in the second half of the 19th century, and later produced by George Shiebler, "Corinthian" is a Greek Revival design that features an anthemion at the handle end, supported by rosettes and palmettes.

This matched pair of 4 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz. combined, (soft boiled) egg spoons are early production examples, marked "J.P. Patent [1]868," "Sterling," and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer.

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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
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4184f   On Hold


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Issued in 1882, Gorham's "Fontainebleau" pattern features a variety of figures drawn from the court of French King "Francis I."

The image on this 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy at 1.4 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle, features a woman carrying a basket of fruit in her left hand and a tray of fruit in her right hand.

The handle backside is engraved "M.C.W. in embellished script lettering set sideways.

The approximately round, 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has scalloped shoulders, and a... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly Duchess" 10 1/2" Sterling Silver Bowl, 1949 Flawless
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4183f   $315.00


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In choice, indeed like new, condition, this older, large vegetable or fruit bowl is an example of Gorham's "Chantilly" holloware line identified as "Duchess."

It measures 10 1/2" wide, stands 2" tall, and weighs 14.9 T. oz.

It is stamped on the brushed finish underside "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G", "Sterling," model number "745," and with a date symbol for "1949."

Never monogrammed, it is without dents, scratches, or other evidence of use, and has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish.

Boxed Set 6 Watson Art Nouveau Floral Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoons
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4182f   $110.00


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This group of six spoons remain with their original 7" x 5 3/4", crimson velvet lined with linen-like cover, gift box that is imprinted in gold script lettering, "Watson Silver."

Watson's "pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of each of the 3 3/4" long spoons (as well as the box lid). The group weigh approximately 1.8 T. oz.

Dating from early in the 20th century, they are Art Nouveau in style and portray six different blossoms, leaves, and stems on the handle... Click for details

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Frank Smith Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife & 12 Spoons
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4181f   $450.00


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It is unusual to find an intact set of twelve ice spoons along with their original serving knife, aka slice, and even more so to have the set in such pristine condition as this group.

Made by Frank Smith, whose early "S in a circle" mark and "sterling" are imprinted on the backside of all pieces, along with the name of the retailer, "Worcester & Co.," Lowell, Massachusetts.

The server measures 10" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while each of the spoons is 5 3/4" long with the twelve weighing... Click for details

Wendt "Florentine" 12 All Sterling Silver Tea or Breakfast Knives
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4178f   $550.00


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Flat handled, solid silver, place knives are generally only found in 19th century flatware, being supplanted by hollow handle forms.

This is a difficult to find group of twelve matched pieces in John Wendt's Renaissance Revival "Florentine" pattern issued in 1870.

Measuring 8" long each and weighing 20.3 T. oz. the lot, these are variously identified as tea, breakfast, or dessert knives.

These have solid handles, blunt end blades, and are engraved "MLC" in script in the reserve area of... Click for details

Watson "Woman's Benefit Association" Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
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4176f   $38.00


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This 5 5/8" long, .8 T. oz., spoon speaks to the history of women's social and economic empowerment in the United States.

Made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "W&H Co.," appear on the backside, it commemorates the "Woman's Benefit Association."

Information about this organization, now the "Woman's Life Assurance Society," founded in Port Huron, Michigan in 1891 by Bina M. West when she was merely 24 years old, is readily available on the internet and makes for an... Click for details

Towle "Merrimack" Hammered & Engraved Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4174f   $62.00


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Made by Towle, whose "lion in a T" emblem, "925/1000," and "Sterling," are imprinted on the reverse, along with the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co.," this solid silver tomato server measures 6 3/4" long and weighs 1.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Merrimac," which is a colonial revival, apparently Hepplewhite inspired, design that is engraved and chased on a hammered surface. The hammering suggests an Arts & Crafts influence, popular in the 1916 issue date period of this.

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Durgin Art Nouveau "Iris" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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4173f   $65.00


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Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing a relatively heavy .8 T. oz., tongs this size and smaller are frequently referred to as "tete a tete" items, scaled for use with smaller tea and coffee sets.

Made by Durgin, whose "D" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on one arm, and retailed by Boston's "Shreve, Crump & Low," whose name appears on the other arm, the pattern is "Iris."

One of Durgin's flagship designs from early in the 20th century, "Iris" embodies all the lush expressiveness for which... Click for details

Blackinton "Daisy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cracker Scoop
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4166f   $165.00


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Large at 9 1/2" long and weighing a substantial 4.5 T. oz., this solid silver cracker scoop or shovel was made by R. Blackinton & Co., whose "sword in a B," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Daisy," interpreted in an Art Nouveau manner, with multiple blossoms and trailing details arrayed along the length of the handle front, with complementary elements on the backside.

A large scoop is the defining element of this form, and Blackinton went... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly" Old Solid Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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4163f   $85.00


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Marked with a "lion, anchor, G," "Pat. 95," "Sterling," and stamped "C. Hall," for a former Concord, New Hampshire, jeweler, this sardine fork measures 5 1/8" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

This is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly."

It has seven, short and wavy, tines and scalloped shoulders on the cupped heel.

Never monogrammed, it remains in flawless condition, free of polishing wear and with a bright, even, finish. The tines are without bends, nicks or burrs.

Set Six Whiting "Seaweed" Sterling Silver Demitasse or Coffee Spoons
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4162f   $150.00


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A design reflective of the Aesthetic taste, these six matching, circa 1885, spoons portray an undulating leaf of seaweed or kelp running the length of the handle fronts.

Demitasse or coffee items, they measure 4 1/4" long and weigh just under 2.0 T. oz. the lot.

They are executed in high relief and have detailed, textured, satin surfaces that reflect considerable refinement.

The backsides have bright finishes and are plain save for the marks, which are the Whiting "winged lion and W"... Click for details

F B Thomas, London 1894, "Pistol Grip" Sterling Silver Banquet Knife
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4161f   $75.00


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A late Victorian piece made in London, England this knife measures an exceptional 10 5/8" long, 3.7 T. oz. total weight.

Scaled for banquets or grand affairs, it has a filled sterling silver "Pistol Grip" handle engraved with an "upraised hand holding a sword" crest, and an original, blunt-end steel blade.

The blade is impressed "Thomas" under a "crown" over "Bond Street," while the handle is stamped with the firm's hallmark. The well regarded reference, Jackson's Hallmarks, notes... Click for details

F. Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Eight Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
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4159f   $130.00


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A popular motif from the 1880s, engraved versions of "Lily," actually "Lily of the Valley" with Aesthetic detailing, were produced by multiple manufacturers.

This matched set of eight, 5 15/16" long, 4.0 T. oz. the group, oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks were made by Frank Whiting whose "W in a circle" and "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverses.

The handles are an "Antique" pattern with rounded ends and tipt backsides.

The fronts have satin matte finishes, which sets... Click for details

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