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8 Durgin STRAWBERRY strawberry forks
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2351   Sold


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length 4 3/4 inches, weight .34 oz. Troy each, excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown, retailed by Boston's own Shreve Crump & Low.

You'd be hard pressed to find better examples than these.

William Venning silver tablespoon, New Brunswick circa 1840
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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with squared chamfered shoulders and oval drop, length 8 1/2 inches, weight 1.93 Troy ounces, some light and faded scratches in bowl but fine overall condition, monogrammed as shown, fully marked.

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Place Fork
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3622f   $75.00


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New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.... Click for details

Wendt "Medallion" Sterling Silver 3 Piece Youth Set
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3617f   $195.00


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A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all... Click for details

12 Whiting Art Nouveau "Grape" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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3616f   $110.00


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A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, likely cast handle rather than die struck, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Probably dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised... Click for details

Whiting LILY dessert spoons, six
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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length 6 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 9.63 ounces (!), excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement.

These have exceptional detail and die depth. Note early "PAT APP. FOR" mark.

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Wood & Hughes "Humboldt" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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3611f   $65.00


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Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.

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Ellen's pie fork
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2345   $35.00


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length 6 1/8 inches, weight .84 oz Troy, marked as shown in fourth enlargement. If memory serves me correctly, and on occasion these days it does, this is a Durgin pattern.

Perhaps you know an Ellen who loves pie, though on second thought who doesn't love pie, so let's leave out the perhaps.

Gorham "Hizen" Aesthetic Movement Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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3609f   $165.00


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A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.

The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact,... Click for details

George Sharp "Ball End" Weighty Master Butter Knife
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3607f   $80.00


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This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

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Albert Coles "Cupid" Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
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3605f   $95.00


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Patented in 1878, and so stamped on the reverse of this 8 3/4" long, just over 2.1 T. oz., berry spoon, this "Cupid" design was developed by Morgan Morgans Jr., New York City, who with Samuel Montgomery, bought Albert Coles' business in 1877 and continued to use the later's three part pseudo hallmark, which also appears on this along with the word "Sterling," until he sold the firm to George Shiebler in 1883.

As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a... Click for details

David Andersen enamel sorbet spoon
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2344   $35.00


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length five inches, weight .66 oz. Troy, excellent original condition, gilt. Note guilloché work on reverse of bowl.

In spite of our best efforts, the rich plum purple color of this item does not show well, but it is stunning.

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
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3603f   $85.00


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Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz.,... Click for details

3 Teaspoons by Lesser&Rheinauer, NYC,1897
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5429   $45.00


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This firm of silversmiths was in business for only one year, 1897. They called this their "plain tip" pattern. The spoons are also marked HOPKINS, the retailer. Upturned handles, rounded fins, tipt on top. Length 5-3/8". Weight 11-1/3 dwt. each. The monogram is a lengthwise script CY. Overall condition is excellent. Mark condition varies from excellent to good.

Gorham "Lady Washington" Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3598f   $225.00


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Larger than most such pieces, this fish slice measures 12 1/8" long and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Lady Washington," which is one of Gorham's early lines, dating from 1876, the year of the American Centennial, which may have occasioned the development of the design given the name is associated with the first family of the new nation.

It features the profile of a courtly looking female figure set against a background of classical imagery, including swags, garlands,... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Spendide" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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3594f   $56.00


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The first decade of the 20th century witnessed a great flowering of design successes for Reed & Barton, largely influenced by Art Nouveau sensibilities and perhaps culminating with the company's figural "Love Disarmed."

"La Splendide," the pattern on this 6 1/4" long, weighty at 1.9 T. oz., sugar sifter was among the product of this period.

The relatively plain handle is surmounted by a cascade of high relief, fluid scrolls that almost seem to erupt from the handle end.

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