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Ball, Black & Co. "Bead" 950 Standard Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2195f   $20

Ball, Black & Co.
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Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a... Click for details

Towle "No. 38" Square Bowl Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2192f   On Hold

Towle
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Towle produced a number of engraved patterns in the 1880s, some of which are known by the name of the flower they portray, at least two, "Florence" and "Gladys," by women's names, and the remaining by numbers.

This 7 1/4" long, moderately heavy 1.4 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon is "No. 38" in this family of designs.

As with other similar pieces, it has a rounded, up-turned end, and satin matte finish. The bright cut work incorporates Aesthetic elements combined with leaf and floral... Click for details

Towle "No. 38" Engraved Sterling Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2191f   On Hold

Towle
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Towle produced a number of engraved patterns in the 1880s, some of which are known by the name of the flower they portray, at least two, "Florence" and "Gladys," by women's names, and the remaining by numbers.

This 7" long, moderately heavy 1.2 T. oz., dessert spoon is "No. 38" in this family of designs.

As with other similar pieces, it has a rounded, up-turned end, and satin matte finish. The bright cut work incorporates Aesthetic elements combined with leaf and floral detailing. The... Click for details

Shiebler "Flora" No. 6 Sterling Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2189f   $34

Shiebler
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A pristine example in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this master salt spoon measures 3 3/4" long and weighs a relatively heavy .4 T. oz.

The design is number "6" in the series, with the portraiture appearing to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves. The bowl has a satin matte gold finish front and backsides and a script "C.W.C." on the reverse of the handle.

Marks are the Shiebler "winged S" emblem and the word "Sterling."

Frank Smith "Priscilla" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2188f   $46

Frank Smith
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A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this... Click for details

Gorham c. 1870 "Morning Glory" Sterling Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2184f   $195

Gorham c. 1870
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A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers. Even such detail as the decorative wire that wraps the end of the... Click for details

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Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2182f   $115

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

Wallace "Waverly" Original Twist Sterling Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2181f   $32

Wallace
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Patented in 1892, as indicated on the backside of this 6 1/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., butter pick, Wallace's "Waverly" features a leafy scroll margin. It shares a close design sensibility with Whiting's "Louis XV," which dates from 1891, as well as Gorham's "Strasbourg," from the same period.

This is a fully original item, factory produced and not made up or adapted from another piece. It has a narrow, straight, handle, and a tapered, twisted tip.

The condition is mint estate, and... Click for details

Lunt "Chippendale" Sterling Pierced Cucumber Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2180f   $55

Lunt
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this cucumber server is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name.

The serving end incorporates open work that is complimentary to the pattern elements. It is nearly square overall, approximately 2 1/4" on a... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2178f   $95

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2176f   $55

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

Hebbard for Tiffany "Grecian" Figural Sterling Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2175f   $125

Hebbard for Tiffany
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This "Grecian" is one of several patterns that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure and is attributed to Whiting, although the pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard.

His "H.H." stamp appears on the inside of each arm of this 4 7/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. Other marks include "Patent. 862 [1862]" and the name of the retailer who in this instance was "Tiffany & Co."

There is an Old English "L.J." engraved on one arm, while... Click for details

English Sterling Gravy / Sauce Ladle, Paul Callard 1761
Silver : Sterling

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20140803-01   $95

English Sterling Gravy / Sauce Ladle, Paul Callard 1761
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Offered is a fine mid-18th century Georgian English sterling silver sauce or gravy ladle by noted Huguenot maker Paul Callard. Paul Callard was the son of Isaac Callard, and the godson and apprentice of Paul Hanet. He lived only to the age of 44 or so, dying in 1768. This piece is hallmarked for 1761, and is lovely. It is a rare example of the early use of shoulders or fins on the stem. Condition is very good, with little surface wear, very light dimples in the bowl, and no splits or... Click for details

Crichton 1912 "Pistol Grip" Solid Sterling Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2171f   $70

Crichton 1912
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is... Click for details

Early Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2170f   $100

Early Durgin
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Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat.... Click for details

Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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2166f   $48

Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

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