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Gorham Colonial Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife
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3140f   $140.00


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This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.

This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent... Click for details

Gorham 1888 "Versailles" Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
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3138f   $110.00


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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides... Click for details

Gorham "Maryland" Solid Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
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3137dd   $235.00


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Extravagant items, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by massive, pierced, scoop bowls, which is the case with this example made by Gorham.

The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has... Click for details

Gorham "588" Sterling Silver 19th Century Bonbonniere
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3136f   $165.00


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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and... Click for details

Howard Sterling Co. "Josephine" Sardine Server, Fancy, Pierced
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3133dd   $75.00


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Many of Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Silver Company's patterns were absorbed by Rogers Williams Silver which in turned merged with Mauser to form the Mount Vernon Co., itself finally taken over by Gorham.

The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard, Boston, Bright Cut Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3132f   On Hold


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A relatively large item at 9" long, and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this berry or other serving spoon traces to Boston, circa 1870. It is marked for that city's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." and "Sterling."

It has a plum-shaped bowl that measures 3 1/4" by 1 7/8" at the widest by 1/2" deep, a "Reverse Tipt," upturned handle, and intricate diamond cut bright work, all of which are characteristic of a New England regional style that was produced the third quarter of the 19th century.

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International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Old, No Mono
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3130dd   $115.00


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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

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Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd) Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Choice
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3129f   $265.00


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Dating from 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

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 "Washington" All Sterling Hooded Asparagus Server
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3127dd   $185.00


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Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most... Click for details

Whiting "Ivy" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
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3124f   $165.00


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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 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.

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Durgin "Bead" Pierced Bowl Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
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3123dd   $120.00


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Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

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Heavy Crested Georgian Fiddlethread and Shell Master Salt Spoon c1830
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20170601-03   $25.00


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Offered is a good heavy Georgian sterling silver master salt spoon bearing London hallmarks for 1830 and a maker's mark of "WE", probably for William Eaton. This piece is engraved with a period armorial of a mailed? arm grasping what appears to be a riding crop. This master salt spoon is heavy and large, measuring about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 28 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some surface wear from a century and a half of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. There... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son Co. "Repousse" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Vintage
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3120f   $55.00


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Bearing an early mark used 1896-1914, "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000," and with the model number "471," this pair of tongs measure 4 1/4" long and are relatively heavy at approximately 1.0 T. oz.

One of several sizes made in the "Repousse" pattern, probably varying over the decades long production run of this pattern, this one is medium length.

It has highly articulated talon grips.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright. The... Click for details

Thomas Wallis, London, 1797, Crested Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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3119f   $65.00


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Imprinted with a duty mark (bust) that was used only from July 6, 1797 to May 28, 1798, during the reign of George III, this piece is also stamped with a lion for sterling, date letter "B," and "TW," for Thomas Wallis.

It is a small, well-crafted, 5" long, .7 T. oz., sugar sifter, with a round, 1 1/2" diameter, bowl that has a flat bottom and a tapered wall.

The handle is slender and gracefully curved in the lower portion and then broadens, finished with a reverse tipt, "Old English,"... Click for details

Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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3118f   $135.00


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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to... Click for details

Gorham Old "Medici" Sterling Silver Large Carving Knife and Fork
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3115f   $150.00


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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and... Click for details

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