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Ball, Black & Co. "Bead" 950 Standard Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2195f   $20.00

Ball, Black & Co.
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Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a... Click for details

Frank Smith "Priscilla" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2188f   $46.00

Frank Smith
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A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this... Click for details

Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2182f   $110.00

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2178f   $95.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2176f   $45.00

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

Crichton, London, 1912 "Pistol Grip" All Sterling Silver Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2171f   $60.00

Crichton, London, 1912
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is... Click for details

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Early Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2170f   $100.00

Early Durgin
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Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat.... Click for details

Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2166f   $48.00

Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

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Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2162dd   $60.00

Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
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A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling Grapefruit Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2155f   On Hold

Dominick & Haff
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Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash.

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FEDERAL GRAVY LADLE, Abraham Gerritze Forbes, NYC 1785
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Hampton Galleries  
7352B   $250.00

FEDERAL GRAVY LADLE, Abraham Gerritze Forbes, NYC 1785
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Coin silver gravy ladle by Abraham Gerritze Forbes, New York City (c. 1785-1795), 8-7/8” long, deep 2-¼” circular bowl, downturned oval end handle, beautiful diamond cut bright cut design on edges of handle and making oval cartouche at end with unusual three-masted sailing ship crest under banner “SPERO MELIORA” (I hope for better things), marked in script “A.Forbes” in serrated shaped cartouche.

Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Server Jelly Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2148f   $55.00

Towle
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Towle employed a novel serving end for jelly knives in several late 19th century patterns, one of which was "Canterbury." This 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., piece has an elongated, gold washed, blade with a cupped base, curvilinear sides, and decorated shoulders that repeat the same bead and scroll motif of the handle.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from some worn spots in the gold on the interior of the blade, there are no signs of use.

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Wood & Hughes "Celestial" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2144f   $85.00

Wood & Hughes
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

This example is an 8 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.8... Click for details

Gorham "King George" Sterling Silver Egg Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2143f   $32.00

Gorham
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Patented in 1894, Gorham's "King George" was that company's most successful "King" iteration.

This piece is a 4 3/4" long, relative heavy at approximately .7 T. oz., egg spoon. It has a fine "OEEA" feathered script monogram on the handle front and is inscribed "1908" on the handle backside.

It is in very fine condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is lustrous. The ovoid bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

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Early Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Chow Chow Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2142f   $45.00

Early Towle
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Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., example is in "Old Colonial" by Towle. It is an early and fully authentic, i.e. original production, piece marked with the company emblem, "925/1000," "Pat. 1894," and the name of the retailer, "W. Arnold."

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three tablespoons named Agnes, in Whiting's
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2199   $90.00

three tablespoons named Agnes, in Whiting's
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exquisite and desirable LOUIS XV pattern, length 8 1/4 inches, weight 4.91 Troy ounces, fine condition.

We were going to send these straight into the smelter's gaping maw, but then thought that perhaps just perhaps there might be an Agnes or three who'd want to see herself immortalized on a spoon...

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