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Heavy Wendt "Diana" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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2440f   $52.00

Heavy Wendt
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2210   Sold

Whiting
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length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.64 Troy ounces, no monogram, light pattern wear as shown; bowl not gilt but otherwise in fine condition, no monogram.

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a similar though slightly more fatigued example with pitting in the bowl recently sold on ebay (item 281610340194) @157.50

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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2434f   $185.00

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period... Click for details

Wendt "Moresque" Unusual Small Sterling Silver Pastry Server
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2425f   $185.00

Wendt
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Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and... Click for details

Original International "Brandon" Sterling Silver Child's Food Pusher
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2424f   $35.00

Original International
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International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders.

It is without a monogram or... Click for details

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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2422f   $48.00

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin... Click for details

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Towle Engraved "No. 63" c. 1885 Large Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2409f   $55.00

Towle Engraved
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
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2408f   $55.00

Durgin
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the... Click for details

Knowles "Essex" Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Orange Knife
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2405   $55.00

Knowles
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an... Click for details

Gorham Figural "Lady Washington" Sterling Shell Bowl Gravy Ladle
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2404f   $95.00

Gorham Figural
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. ... Click for details

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style "Essex" Sterling Silver Cake Fork
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2395f   $75.00

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The defining feature of the piece is the elongated, 3 1/2" overall, serving end which is comprised of three yoked tines with three dimensional scalloped shoulders. The entire surface front and back is finished in a satin matte gold wash.

Dating from 1889, the pattern is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

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

Wallace "Waverly" Lengthy, Pierced Heel, Sterling Silver Cake Fork
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2389dd   $70.00

Wallace
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T. oz., this cake fork dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.

The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.

There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram.

It is in very fine estate... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Engraved Bowl Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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2386dd   $85.00

Towle
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.

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Gorham "Plymouth" Large Sterling Silver Pierced Tomato Server
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2383dd   $65.00

Gorham
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The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation. ... Click for details

Charming Tiffany Etched Bird Sterling Silver Baby Food Pusher
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2380f   $110.00

Charming Tiffany Etched Bird Sterling Silver Baby Food Pusher
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.

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Whiting "Pompadour" Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
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2379dd   $245.00

Whiting
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and... Click for details

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