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Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork Combination 1881
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3024f   $175.00

Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork Combination 1881
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A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element,... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Love Disarmed" Original Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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3023f   $95.00

Reed & Barton
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An early production example of this 1899 pattern, it is marked on the reverse with the Reed & Barton "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Apl'd. For," all in small, clear lettering exactly as it should be on an old piece.

The pattern, "Love Disarmed" is thoroughly emblematic of Art Nouveau design and also probably the most sought after of the various nude representations in silver of the period.

This 5 15/16" long, 1.2 T. oz., teaspoon exhibits all the fine details that only an... Click for details

A. F. Towle "Greenfield" 12 Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoons
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3021f   $200.00

A. F. Towle
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Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Place or Youth Spoon Engraved "Jeff"
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3016F   $45.00

Whiting
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A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on... Click for details

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908, "MF" Maker
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3015f   $95.00

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908,
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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry,... Click for details

Whiting "King Edward" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Shell Bowl
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3013f   $48.00

Whiting
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Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the... Click for details

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Durgin "New Art" Iris Sterling Silver Salad Serving Fork, Old
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3007f   On Hold

Durgin
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Dating from 1900, this example is a 9 1/4" long salad serving fork. A heavy line, this piece is especially so at 5.5 T. oz.

An early, fully original piece, marked with Durgin's "D" and "Sterling," the quality of this item stands out even within this extraordinary line.

The portraiture is of... Click for details

Tiffany & Co. "Corinthian" Large Sterling Silver Fish Serving Fork
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3006f   $265.00

Tiffany & Co.
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This five tine, fish fork is of a scale that reflects its period.

It measures 9 5/8" overall and weighs 3.2 T. oz. The serving area is 4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest.

The pattern, "Corinthian," originated with John Polhamus, whose mark "J.P. Patent [1]868" and "Sterling" appears on the backside. The design was later taken over by George Shiebler.

This particular example was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," as also indicated on the reverse. This dates from just at the cusp of the time... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Sterling Silver Pierced Bon Bon
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3003f   $42.00

Dominick & Haff
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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail... Click for details

Tiffany "Tiffany," aka "Beekman," Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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3002f   $135.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company began manufacturing its own lines, "Tiffany" was also the firm's namesake design. It was later reissued with very slight modification under the name "Beekman," and is commonly recognized as that today.

There is another subtlety to the design that is evident on this example which is a 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.4 T. oz., gravy ladle.

Writing in "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes that the antefix (the anthemion design on the... Click for details

Towle "Pomona" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Fruit & Cornucopia
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2999f   $90.00

Towle
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Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain... Click for details

Shiebler Heraldic "Sandringham" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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2996f   $95.00

Shiebler Heraldic
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A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895,... Click for details

Old Gorham "Strasbourg" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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2988f   $42.00

Old Gorham
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Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

Original "Les Sixes Fleurs" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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2985f   $65.00

Original
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One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Victoria No. 80" Engraved Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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2981f   $45.00

Wood & Hughes
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Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.

This example is a full size dinner fork, 7... Click for details

Durgin Daniel Low "Strawberry" Sterling Silver Strawbery Fork
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2979f   On Hold

Durgin Daniel Low
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A unique form for a strawberry fork, this item measures 3 1/2" overall and weighs .3 T. oz.

Rarely found, these pieces were made by Durgin and retailed by "Daniel Low & Co." (which company also marketed Durgin's famed "Salem Witch" items) as stamped on the reverse.

It has three tines that are 1 1/2" long each and joined at a shoulder that is 3/4" wide.

In sum, the overall shape looks something akin to a short handled pitch fork.

The pattern, which covers the handle and the heel of... Click for details

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