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Geo. C. Shreve Custom "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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2585f   $95.00

Geo. C. Shreve Custom
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A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect... Click for details

Whiting "Arabesque" Sterling Silver Silver Gravy Ladle, Mint
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2583f   On Hold

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Stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Pat. 1875," "Sterling," and the number "1" on the bowl, this gravy ladle measures 7" long and weighs just barely short of 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Arabesque," which became a standard bearer design in its period for the Renaissance Revival style, and it remains so today.

Its main feature is a winged griffin set amid the scrolls and rosettes that characterize Arabesque form. There is a central reserve area, which in this case is engraved with an... Click for details

1804 English Sterling Platter Spoons, Godbehere, Wigan & Boult
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2582f   $95.00

1804 English Sterling Platter Spoons, Godbehere, Wigan & Boult
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This matching pair of platter or stuffing spoons each measures 11 7/8" long, while one weighs 3.0 T. oz. and the other 3.2 T. oz.

They have complete hallmarks, "lion, leopard, I, and bust," for London, 1804. The maker imprint is "SC over EW over IB," for Samuel Godbehere, Edward Wigan & James Boult, identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as "good, general makers." The maker's mark on one of the pieces is double struck, so some blurred.

They have "Old English," i.e. reverse tipt,... Click for details

Ten Durgin "Shell" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks, Long Handle
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Ten Durgin
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three... Click for details

Original Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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2979f   $45.00

Original Durgin
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A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.

It is in very good... Click for details

Ten Lunt "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Forks
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2975f   $235.00

Ten Lunt
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Stamped with the early "Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen" three part emblem, along with the word "Sterling," the pattern on these ten, matching, three tine, ice cream forks dates from 1903.

Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.

An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities. Fluid, flowing leaves trail up the margin of the handle, which is topped by a large, high relief,... Click for details

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A.F. Towle "Chatelaine" Silver Sterling Horseradish Spoon
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2974f   $30.00

A.F. Towle
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A.F. Towle was the precursor company to Lunt, which absorbed the dies the former firm's patterns as well as generating its lines own throughout the 20th century.

This 6 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., horseradish spoon, "Chatelaine" aka "Enid," is in an early A.F. Towle design dating from 1894.

The motif incorporates acanthus leaves with a shell end. The paddle form bowl has rounded margins, and is deeply cupped at the widened end.

The piece is in choice condition and is without a monogram or... Click for details

Arthur Stone "Hanoverian" Midrib Sterling Silver Ladle, Choice
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2973f   $125.00

Arthur Stone
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This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there... Click for details

Watson Figural "Bacchante" Sterling Silver Nut Scoop
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Watson Figural
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The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less... Click for details

Choice Gorham "Raphael" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Gold Finish Bowl
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2567f   $32.00

Choice Gorham
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and... Click for details

Early Erickson Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Sugar Shovel
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Early Erickson Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Sugar Shovel
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One of the heirs of the legendary Arthur Stone, under whom he apprenticed, sources indicate George C. Erickson established himself in an independent shop in 1932 that was formerly owned by another prominent Gardner, Massachusetts silversmith, Arthur Carlson.

While the Erickson name continues to the present time under the direction of grandson Peter Erickson, the "Erickson Sterling" mark on this 6 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel, is one that was used by George himself in the... Click for details

International "Duchesse" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife, Weighty
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2559f   $38.00

International
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The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.

Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.

It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the... Click for details

Whiting "Ivy" No. 39 Sterling Silver Cream Ladle, Double Spouts
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2558f   $265.00

Whiting
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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1875, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according... Click for details

Quality, Old Gorham "Mythologique" Sterling Silver Place Fork
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Quality, Old Gorham
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The designer of this 7 1/8" long, heavy, just over 2.0 T. oz., Antoine Heller, originated many of Gorham's most celebrated patterns, including this "Mythologique," along with "Versailles," "Cluny," "Fontainebleau," and others. Indeed, in earlier employment with Tiffany, he produced that company's fabled "Olympian" pattern.

His skills and his capacities were Herculean, and that shows in this piece. It portrays one of twenty-four different mythological subjects Heller generated for this... Click for details

Old Kirk "Repousse" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Fork
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2554f   $26.00

Old Kirk
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This 5 3/8" long, weighty, .9 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork dates circa 1900 as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000" mark on the reverse of the handle.

The pattern is the company's flagship "Repousse" design, with a plain back engraved "GEHH" in script.

It is in immaculate estate condition. The high relief design is free of polishing wear, remaining sharply defined. The tines are flawless, without any nicks, burrs, or bends. The finish has a warm patina.

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Twist Handle Sterling Butter Fork or Pick
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2551f   $38.00

Whiting
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Whiting produced two variants of a "Lily of the Valley" pattern. One was a full line design, and the other was limited to certain serving forms and smaller pieces.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.

It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.

The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and... Click for details

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