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Heavy, Full Size Durgin "Marechal Niel" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
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2525f   $55.00

Heavy, Full Size Durgin
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and... Click for details

George Shiebler "Diamond" Decorative Bowl Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2519f   $45.00

George Shiebler
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A pattern originated by John Polhamus, the "Diamond" eventually became part of George Shiebler's stable of offerings.

This 6 1/4" long, almost .9 T. oz., sugar spoon is stamped with Shiebler's "winged S" identifier on the backside of the bowl. Other marks include the words "Sterling" and "Patent."

While a pattern with an antecedent, Shiebler brings his considerable design skills to this piece in the way he fashioned its singular bowl. Oval-shaped overall, it has a scalloped end, raised... Click for details

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2514f   $36.00

Old Gorham
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In mint estate condition, this 6 3/8" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., pastry fork in Gorham's "Buttercup" is an early example.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

It is without a monogram or removal of same.

Pattern detail remains sharp and clear. The tines are even, straight, pointed, and free of nicks or burrs. The finish is lustrous.

Whiting "Antique Engraved M2" Sterling Silver Youth Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2513f   $65.00

Whiting
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Identified by the marker "M2" set alongside the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling," the pattern on this matched youth knife and fork is engraved on a rounded "Antique" handle with a reverse tipt end.

The engraving is Aesthetic in manner, which is consistent with the 1884 date of this design. The backsides are plain, save for elegant, feathered script "ARF" monograms.

The 7" long knife is solid silver while the four-tine fork measures 6 1/8". The two together weigh 1.8 T. oz.,... Click for details

Blanchard B09 "Cornwallis" A&C Sterling Silver Horseradish Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2512f   $110.00

Blanchard B09
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The mark "B09" was adopted by the well-regarded Arts & Crafts silversmith George Blanchard when he established his own workshop in Gardiner, Massachusetts, independent of Arthur Stone for whom he worked until that date. He was joined by sons Porter and Richard, with Porter moving to California in 1923, shortly to be followed by his father and brother.

This example is a 6 3/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., horseradish spoon in the "Cornwallis" aka "1800 Square" pattern. With its angular end... Click for details

Unusual Durgin "Watteau" Ramekin or Terrapin Sterling Silver Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2509f   $36.00

Unusual Durgin
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Not readily found, this 5 1/2" long, just above .8 T. oz., fork is variously identified as terrapin or ramekin. To be sure it could serve either purpose.

It takes its character from the fanciful, scalloped shoulder, cupped heel, bowl with four short tines.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo. This piece embodies some of the style elements of these schools. It has an asymmetrical shape... Click for details

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Six Matched Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Strawberry Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2506f   $115.00

Six Matched Towle
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Commonly found as single items, strawberry forks are much less so preserved in sets, as is the case with these six matching pieces in Towle's "Canterbury."

Each one is 5 5 1/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 3.2 T. oz.

They are in flawless condition and absent monograms or removals of same. The late 19th century, scroll and bead design is fully articulated and without any polishing wear. The delicate tines are all straight, even, and remain pointed. The finish has a... Click for details

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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2504f   $22.00

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s. ... Click for details

Arthur Stone Heywood "Reverse Tipt" A&C Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2503f   $75.00

Arthur Stone Heywood
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Arguably the first name in American Arts & Crafts silver, Arthur Stone maintained a studio for the better part of four decades. Upon his retirement in 1937, he sold his shop to Henry Heywood who continued the business intact.

This 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle dates from this transition time. It is marked with the "Stone with hammer" emblem, the "h in a shield" emblem for Heywood, "Sterling," and a benchmark "B," likely for Charles Brown whose tenure ran to 1937.

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Rare Hanoverian Teaspoon by Philip Roker II, w/Full Name Mark c. 1740
Silver : Sterling

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20150627-04   $47.50

Rare Hanoverian Teaspoon by Philip Roker II, w/Full Name Mark c. 1740
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Offered is a fine early English sterling silver teaspoon in the Hanoverian pattern by well-known specialist spoonmaker and silversmith Philip Roker II. The mark on this spoon is a rare example of eighteenth century English maker's mark incorporating a full surname name, rather than initials only. I've never had another example, although there are a few Roker spoons floating around with this mark. The P:ROKER mark on the back of the handle (along with a lion passant) was an unregistered mark... Click for details

Fine Crested English Sterling Gravy Ladle Ca. 1814 - Heathcote Family
Silver : Sterling

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20150627-03   $75.00

Fine Crested English Sterling Gravy Ladle Ca. 1814 - Heathcote Family
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Offered is a very fine English Georgian sterling silver gravy or sauce ladle bearing London hallmarks for 1814-15, and a maker's mark for Thomas Wallis II and Jonathan Hayne, working in partnership from around 1810 to 1816. This ladle bears a lovely engraved period armorial for the Heathcote family, specifically the Heathcote Baronets of Hursley House in Hampshire, once the property of Richard Cromwell, the Protector. More information on this family can be found below and online. This sauce... Click for details

French First Standard Silver (.950) Very Large "King" Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2497f   $60.00

French First Standard Silver (.950) Very Large
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European in scale, this French dinner fork is massive compared to typical American counterparts. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a very hefty 2.5 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva head, meaning it has a slightly higher silver content at 95% than sterling, which is 92.5%. There is a bigorne guarantee on the surface opposite the Minerva. The maker's mark is an "L" on either side of a cross that has a star at the top and bottom, all this in a lozenge.

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Gorham "Cromwell" Old Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2495f   $22.00

Gorham
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Gorham's "Cromwell" was issued some years after that company's immensely well-received "Chantilly," and while some more elaborated than that design, the two express a similar, reserved sensibility about them.

"Cromwell" has scrolled edges with acanthus leaf detailing and a fan terminus. This motif is expanded on the backside heel of the bowl.

This piece is a 5 5/8" long ice cream spoon. Consistent with the line, it is substantial weight at .9 T. oz.

It has a nearly flat bowl, with... Click for details

Gorham "Delhi" Aesthetic Solid Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2492f   $55.00

Gorham
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A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.

This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.

The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.

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Immaculate Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2491f   $65.00

Immaculate Durgin
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In regard to condition, a finer example of this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., exceptionally heavy at 1.3 T. oz., citrus spoon in Durgin's 1893 "Chrysanthemum" is not to be found.

A benchmark pattern of the period, all the intricate and abundant details of the chrysanthemum motif show to perfect detail on both sides of the handle and in the interior of the flanged edge and pointed tip bowl. The bowl has a bright gold wash front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal of same. ... Click for details

Large, Mint Condition Dominick & Haff "New King" Sterling Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2489f   $155.00

Large, Mint Condition Dominick & Haff
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American expressions of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

Known for heavy pieces, D&H went all the way with weight in this 7 1/4" long gravy ladle which tops the scale at a full 4.0 T. oz.

The round bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/8" deep. The stylized shell... Click for details

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