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Tifft & Whiting Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2484f   $46.00

Tifft & Whiting Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Knife
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Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.

This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.

Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a... Click for details

Original, Old, Gorham "Florentine" Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2483f   $22.00

Original, Old, Gorham
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A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

Kirk "King" Sterling Silver Cream Soup Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2481f   $210.00

Kirk
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Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.

They... Click for details

Gorham "California" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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2479f   $70.00

Gorham
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Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge... Click for details

A. E. Warner "Kings" Baltimore 11 Standard Silver Ladle Spoon
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2478f   Sold

A. E. Warner
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This pieces measures 8" long and is hefty at just under 2.4 T. oz. It is a ladle with the handle nearly on the horizontal, essentially like a spoon.

It is stamped "A. E. Warner" for the renowned early 19th century Baltimore silversmith. The standard mark, "11," is one of several peculiar to that city, and represents a silver grade of 917, above coin, but not quite sterling. The "11" was used 1816-30.

The pattern is a simplified "King" or "Kings," featuring a shell end with scroll and... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Princeton" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2476f   $65.00

Wood & Hughes
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"Princeton" was the last line pattern that Wood & Hughes produced. It dates from 1893, two years after a disastrous fire from which the company never fully recovered, and which ultimately caused it to go out of business in 1899. Given its short run, "Princeton" pieces are not readily found.

This example is a 7 15/16" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving fork.

The pattern is rococo in manner, incorporating a variety of design elements asymmetrically arrayed.

This has four wide tines, the outer... Click for details

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Durgin "Regent" Solid Sterling Silver Waffle Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2475f   $165.00

Durgin
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Apparently the smaller of two waffle servers that Durgin produced in its turn of the twentieth century "Regent" pattern, this piece measures 8 1/8" long and is weighty at just nudging 3.0 T. oz.

It has an essentially square, 3" on a side, flat, serving end, that has a scalloped front edge with pointed corners.

Retailed by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co.," and so stamped on the backside, it is also marked with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling."

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Gorham "Lancaster" Flat Handle Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2474f   $120.00

Gorham
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A lengthy 10 1/8" and weighing a substantial 2.7 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the scalloped edge blade.

The pattern is "Lancaster," sometimes referred to as "Lancaster Rose," which is reflective of the predominant component of the design, namely the cluster of rose blossoms that appears on the end of the beaded edge handle.

The piece is solid silver, including the blade and flat... Click for details

Early Whiting Art Nouveau "Violet" Sterling Silver Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2471f   $38.00

Early Whiting Art Nouveau
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A clean and quietly elegant representation of the violet form, Whiting's pattern of that same name stands forward as one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral patterns of the early 20th century.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.

It is an early example marked "APR. 5 0x," along with the Whiting logo and "Sterling." It is also stamped... Click for details

Six Mint, Matching Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2470f   $135.00

Six Mint, Matching Whiting
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Each of these six, matching demitasse or coffee spoons (they could also function as egg spoons) measures 4" long and has a delicate script "E.V.P." script monogram. They weigh 2.2 T. oz. the lot.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowls are a fancy version, with flanged shoulders,... Click for details

Three Various Shiebler "Month" Floral Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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2467f   $55.00

Three Various Shiebler
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Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is... Click for details

Original Tiffany "Winthrop" Sterling Silver Cheese Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2466f   $135.00

Original Tiffany
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An authentic item, not made up from another piece, this cheese knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just under a hefty 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Winthrop" by Tiffany. Dating from 1909, the leafy wreath, urn with flowers, and ribbon festoon reflect the Colonial Revival and Adamesque design sensibilities of the period.

The form is rare, and all the more so with a solid silver blade. The three prongs are stout, and are of a style that Tiffany seemed to favor as the form was used on any... Click for details

Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd) Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2464f   $315.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers that grow on vines.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The... Click for details

Wallace Art Nouveau "Violet" Original Sterling Silver Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2462f   $48.00

Wallace Art Nouveau
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Measuring 6" long and weighing nearly .5 T. oz., this butter pick is a fully authentic item, not made up from another piece.

The pattern is "Violet" by Wallace. It is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau style, floral design produced early in the 20th century.

This has a delicate, feathered script "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear, with all the fine details of the pattern remaining sharp and well-defined. The twist tip is without bends, burrs, or... Click for details

Uncommon Tiffany "Daisy" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2458f   $335.00

Uncommon Tiffany
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While a known Tiffany pattern, "Daisy" stands apart because it was not offered in a full line and information about its history and origins is scarce.

This example is an large, 9 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., serving spoon. It has a large scoop bowl with rolled, flanged shoulders and a broad, rounded end. The reverse of the bowl has a matte finish while the obverse has a bright finish.

It could have been for crackers, salad, berries, or some other unidentified purpose. Whatever the intent, it... Click for details

Original Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2456f   $70.00

Original Reed & Barton
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Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs" is arguably the most opulent of the myriad Art Nouveau floral designs produced in silver flatware around the turn of the 20th century.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., cream, sauce, or mayonnaise ladle.

It is an authentic, original item, and not one of the many recasts of this pattern. The intricate, high relief, design folds over itself in such a liquid-seeming manner that it belies the fact that the medium is metal.

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