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Old Frank Smith "Federal Cotillion" Sterling Pierced Serving Fork
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Old Frank Smith
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A generously sized item measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing a exceptionally heavy 3.3 T. oz., this piece is likely a vegetable serving fork, although it may be a pierced salad fork. It has a three tine, pierced bowl with a markedly cupped heel.

The 1901 pattern is "Federal Cotillion" by Frank Smith. It is a handsome design reminiscent of an English "King," save the shell motifs of that pattern are replaced with acanthus leaves on this. It is nearly indistinguishable from Whiting's "King... Click for details

Pair John Osborne, Dublin, Late 18th Century Sterling Teaspoons
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2763f   $55.00

Pair John Osborne, Dublin, Late 18th Century Sterling Teaspoons
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Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some... Click for details

Superb Gorham "Rosette" Large Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
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2761f   $225.00

Superb Gorham
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One of Gorham's earliest patterns, dating from the 1860s, "Rosette" takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, placing it clearly in the Greek Revival style.

Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.

The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in... Click for details

Gorham "88" aka "Lily" Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon
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2755f   $80.00

Gorham
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An early Gorham pattern dating from 1870, "Lily" is often referred to as "88" because that number frequently appears on the backside of pieces.

The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.

This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer,... Click for details

Old Tiffany "English King" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2749f   $260.00

Old Tiffany
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An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

Two Eley, Fearn & Chawner, London, Crested Sterling Egg Spoons
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Two Eley, Fearn & Chawner, London, Crested Sterling Egg Spoons
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Matching items, each of these egg spoons measures 4 3/4" long, while the pair weigh 1.1 T. oz.

English in origin, they are stamped for London, 1808, and WE over WF over WC, for William Eley, William Fearn, and William Chawner. There is also a "C" imprint, which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The handles are fiddle-shaped, with down-turned ends, and exposed drops on the backs. The fronts are engraved with dragon head crests.

They are in very good condition. The bowls remain... Click for details

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Rare Duhme "Homeric" Hammered Sterling Silver Bon Bon
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2747f   $235.00

Rare Duhme
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An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric,"... Click for details

6 Matched, Old, Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Ice Cream Forks
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2746f   $240.00

6 Matched, Old, Reed & Barton
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Marked with the early production "eagle, R, lion" for Reed and Barton, the word "Sterling" in fine lettering, these six, 5 5/16" long, 5.4 T. oz. the group, ice cream forks date early in the history of "Francis I."

An enduringly popular pattern introduced in 1907, older examples are bestowed with a crispness and clarity of detail that is lacking on later made items.

These pieces possess the qualities that go with their age. The high relief fruit and floral design remains sharply... Click for details

Durgin "Louis XV" Large & Heavy Sterling Cheese Scoop
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2743f   $110.00

Durgin
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A fully original item, namely, not made up or adapted from another piece, this cheese scoop measures 8 1/4" long and weighs an extraordinarily heavy 2.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Louis XV," introduced in 1891 by William B. Durgin.

An extravagant Rococo design, it features high relief shell, acanthus leaf, scroll, floral and other elements set in a dense, asymmetrical, array.

Both sides of the handle have reserve areas, with the front one engraved with an elegant, period "CM" monogram. ... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Shell Bowl Sterling Sugar Spoon
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2741f   $65.00

Whiting
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A near pristine example, this sugar spoon in Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

Retailed by one of New York City's premier 19th century outlets, "Black, Starr & Frost," this is early production of the pattern which was introduced in 1880. In addition to the retailer's stamp, it is marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and "1."

The raised design on the handle, set against a checkerboard background, is blueberry, and remains precisely... Click for details

Whiting "Colonial Engraved A" Sterling Chocolate Muddler
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2736f   $65.00

Whiting
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An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and... Click for details

Gorham Egyptian Revival "Isis" Sterling Preserve Spoon
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2733f   $245.00

Gorham Egyptian Revival
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long,... Click for details

Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Large Jelly Spoon
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2732f   $58.00

Towle
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the... Click for details

Wendt "Bird" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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2730f   $110.00

Wendt
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Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.37 Troy ounces (each), monogrammed as shown, fine condition, scarce.

Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" 5 O'Clock Sterling Spoons
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2729f   $90.00

Six Frank Smith
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Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no... Click for details

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