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Original Gorham "Coligni" Sterling Silver Salad Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1955mt   $110.00

Original Gorham
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A late 19th century figural design that features classical motifs, "Coligni" joins such storied Gorham patterns as "Versailles" and "Mythologique" in occupying a commanding place in the world of silver flatware manufacturing.

This example is a 7" long individual salad or fish fork. Commensurate with the line, it is very heavy at 1.7 oz.

It is in very good condition. Somewhat polished, there is some softening of detail on the design, but overall the detail remains distinct. It also... Click for details

Gorham "Colonial" Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1953f   $38.00

Gorham
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Although named "Colonial," this design by Gorham exhibits the Aesthetic sensibilities of its 1885 patent date. A simple design, the tapered handle appears to portray (perhaps grass) strapping. The end is rounded, and in the instance of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife, engraved in a script "MFN" monogram.

This in in very good condition. The blunt-end blade is flat and even, and free of burrs, bends, or nicks. Apart from light surface scratches consistent with age, there is no... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Sterling Silver Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1952f   $75.00

Reed & Barton
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding Art Nouveau example from the early 19th century period. As the name implies, the imagery is carved into the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece.

In the instance of this 7 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz., place fork, the flower is... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Sterling Silver Gumbo Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1951f   $85.00

Reed & Barton
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding Art Nouveau example from the early 19th century period. As the name implies, the imagery is carved into the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece.

In the instance of this 7 1/16" long, heavy, 1.9 T. oz., gumbo spoon with a... Click for details

Wallace "Irian" Figural Sterling Silver Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1946f   $65.00

Wallace
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., this fork may have been a youth piece as it is engraved "Margaret Hobbs" in script on the reverse.

The pattern is Wallace's early 20th century "Irian." It is through and through an Art Nouveau design that features a full sized, high relief, nude woman with two winged cherubs hoovering about her. The lower portion of the handle portrays a number of florals including an iris and poppy, both popular themes within the Nouveau design mode. ... Click for details

Paye & Baker "Fruit" Sterling Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1945f   $45.00

Paye & Baker
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Named "Fruit," this Art Nouveau pattern dating c. 1900 features grape clusters and leaves and oranges and orange blossoms.

The design is set in high relief and fills the handle and cascades onto the blade of this 6 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., master butter knife. It repeats on the backside of the handle in simpler manner. The blade has a pronounced scalloped upper edge and curved and beveled lower edge that comes to a point.

It is without a monogram or removal and is in very fine condition. ... Click for details

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Fessenden "McKinley" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1942f   $70.00

Fessenden
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Although Fessenden produced several Art Nouveau style floral designs early in the 20th century and named them after the respective flower portrayed, this perhaps chrysanthemum pattern in that series was an exception to that practice and was named "McKinley."

Measuring 7" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this example is a preserve or jelly spoon. The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on the front and back sides of the handle. It is high relief and highly detailed. The bowl is... Click for details

Large Ball, Black "Bead" Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1935f   $165.00

Large Ball, Black
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Stamped "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent mid 19th century firm, this pie server is large scaled. It measures 10" long overall and is exceptionally heavy at 3.8 T. oz. The triangular blade is 4 1/2" long and 3" at the widest.

The handle has a period "Bead" pattern front, and curiously a "Thread" pattern on the reverse. There is a fancy, feathered script "CAC" monogram on the obverse, and what appears to be a "CAP" monogram on the reverse. Such details always raise the question of... Click for details

Alvin Figural "Nuremburg" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1924f   $55.00

Alvin Figural
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Patented in 1903, "Nuremberg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

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Durgin "Bright Cut" Sterling Silver Tete-a-Tete Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1921f   $32.00

Durgin
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Marked with the Durgin "D," "Sterling," and the Hartford, Connecticut retailer's name, "D.H. Buell," this pair of tongs date from the late 19th century.

Measuring 3 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .4 T. oz., they are tete-a-tete size.

They are finely made, with a brilliant finish and delicate bright cut floral and leaf engraving. The cast grips are claw form, fully articulated, and finished in a gold wash. The arch has a script "F.S." monogram.

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Gorham "Beaded" Coin Silver Ice Cream Serving Spade
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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1917f   $125.00

Gorham
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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more of a... Click for details

Durgin "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1908f   $55.00

Durgin
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Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense, rococo design that reflects quite a different, and arguably more engaging, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. It originally had an overall gold finish, but much of that was polished away and now shows only partly on the handle. It remains essentially intact on the three tine serving end.

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Alvin RAPHAEL tomato server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2190   $350.00

Alvin RAPHAEL tomato server
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length 8 1/8 inches, weight 3.01 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed (reverse) as shown, reasonably priced.

Then again, you could log on to the Bay of Eeehs and try to beat down the consignor who's got his listed for nine hundred dollars...

Alvin BRIDAL ROSE jelly cake knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2189   Sold

Alvin BRIDAL ROSE jelly cake knife
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It is, as I write, Cyber Monday, so let's get some interesting items under way for our faithful readers.

First, this jelly cake server, length 9 1/8 inches, weight 2.54 Troy ounces, fine condition. One would be hard pressed to find a better example.

Durgin "Scroll" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1898f   $75.00

Durgin
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Something of a uncommon pattern, and a more intricate design than the name would imply, Durgin's 1886 "Scroll" has a repousse surface that features leaves, florals, and the namesake scrolls.

This example is a generously sized, 5" long, .9 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. There is a fancy script "MAT" monogram on the arch. The gold washed talon grips are very finely rendered with detailed articulation on the inside as well as the outside surfaces.

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Durgin "Madame Royale" Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1896f   $285.00

Durgin
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All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form. The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, and in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of detail... Click for details

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