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Durgin "French Antique" Solid Sterling Silver Tea or Dessert Knife
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Durgin produced three kindred, plain with rounded end, designs in the second half of the 19th century, "English Antique," "French Antique," and "Windsor."

This 7 5/8" long, relatively heavy at 1.6 T. oz., flat handle, blunt end blade, tea, dessert, or breakfast knife is likely "French Antique," dating from 1870.

It has a pinched waist, and is unembellished apart from a crisp, script "LIH" monogram engraved on the handle front.

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John Westervelt, Newburgh NY, "Ivy" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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4040f   $110.00


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A prominent Hudson River Valley silver manufacturer from the 1840s to the 1880s, John L. Westervelt of Newburgh produced the "Ivy" pattern that appears on this 7 3/4" long, approximately 2.2 T. oz., sugar sifter.

This is stamped "Sterling," along with Westervelt's "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle. There is a line script "M" engraved on the handle front.

The bowl is shell-shaped with a ribbed interior and... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Harlequin" aka Floral Sterling Silver Old Coffee Spoons
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Made in spoons like this set of eight 4" long, 2.5 T. oz., coffee or demitasse, and a number of other small serving items, Reed & Barton's "Harlequin" features an array of flowers.

They were produced in sterling silver, with earlier pieces marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem and later items stamped "Reed & Barton," and also in silverplate.

There were at least sixteen flowers portrayed, with an additional four variants, for a total of twenty.

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Barnard & Sons, London 1859, Crested Bright Cut Sterling Silver Fork
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4036f   $52.00


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Weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this 6 5/8" long, three tine fork is fully hallmarked for John, Edward, Walter and John Barnard, 1859-60, sterling silver, and London.

Jackson's Hallmarks identifies this firm as a "major manufacturer," and the quality of work on this piece validates that assessment.

It has an "Old English" handle with an upturned, slightly tipt end. This is extensively engraved front and backsides in a fine, bright cut, design that includes rosettes, Vitruvian... Click for details

Alvin "Edward VII" Knight Themed Heavy Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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4033f   $110.00


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Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without parallel in the realm of silver patterns.

The only similarly themed line is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak third is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which in Alvin's instance is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves.

This is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by this 7" long, very heavy at 3.3 T. oz., gravy ladle with a 2 1/2" by 2 1/8" by 3/4" deep bowl.... Click for details

Gorham "Ionic" Greek Revival Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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4032f   $75.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized... Click for details

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Duhme & Co. "Tipt" Sterling Silver Place Spoon
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4031f   $28.00


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An 8 1/8" long, approximately 1.4 T. oz., piece, this spoon has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a pronounced "Tipt" end that is typical of mid 19th century Ohio River Valley silver flatware design.

The high, pointed and steeply chamfered shoulders off the bowl are also characteristic of this region's style.

Consistent with this, it is stamped "Sterling," "925/1000," and "Duhme & Co." for the prominent Cincinnati firm. Examples of this pattern were also made in coin silver.

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Durgin "Marechal Niel" (Rose) Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4026f   $64.00


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Issued in 1896, "Marechal Niel" shows the kind of expressive Art Nouveau characteristics that came to full expression in the first decade of the 20th century.

The pattern's high relief, rose motif extends from the handle onto the front side heel of the blade of this solid silver, 7" long, relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., master butter knife.

Having a delicate, feathered script "HW" monogram set sideways on the handle front, it remains in excellent condition. There is soft polishing wear and... Click for details

Lee & Wigfull Rare Form Victorian Sterling Meat or Game Carving Fork
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4024f   $185.00


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Marked "H.W" for manufacturer "Lee & Wigfull" aka "Henry Wigfull," and with a "crown" for Sheffield, England, a date letter for "1896-97," and a lion for "sterling," this is an unusual item.

A meat or game fork, it is stout, measuring 5 1/2" long, 3 1/4" at the widest, and weighs a sturdy 2.8 T. oz.

It has three flat and broad, solid silver tines joined to a short, turned, baluster form handle.

There is a thick, natural (ivory or bone) or synthetic material, crossbar grip that has... Click for details

Liberty & Co. "Cymric" Celtic Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
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4022f   $58.00


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The first order reference on English silver marks and makers, Jackson's Hallmarks, adds "Important Art Nouveau" to the side margin entry about Liberty & Co., whose "L&C" in diamonds, "lion" for sterling, "anchor" for Birmingham, date letter "e" for 1904-05 appear on the 1 1/4" diameter, round, bowl backside of this 4 3/8" long, weighty at .9 T. oz., spoon.

The import of Liberty & Co. is apparently more significant than the modest comment in Jackson's implies.

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Whiting LILY preserve spoon
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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length 7 1/2 inches, no monogram, gilt bowl, excellent condition, weight 2.65 Troy ounces, marked as shown in third enlargement.

A charming old piece in this classic Art Nouveau Whiting pattern

Wakely & Wheeler, London 1905, Classical Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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4020f   $95.00


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A 7 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving spoon, this is fully marked for James Wakely and Frank Wheeler, London, 1905-6, and sterling.

Perhaps more French or Continental than English in manner, it features a cast, rococo design handle surmounted by a standing, cherub-like figure.

The 2 3/4" by 2" by 5/8" deep bowl has a rippled or crenellated edge.

The entire piece is finished in a gold wash.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in excellent condition. Apart from some surface wear of... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Old Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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4019f   $265.00


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One of several bold Art Nouveau patterns that Reed & Barton issued in the first decade of the 20th century, "Intaglio" is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.

In keeping with the company's large scaled contemporaneous companion lines such as "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," "Les Cinq Fleurs," and "Francis I," this serving spoon measures 10" long and weighs 5.8 T. oz.

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Gale & Corning "Dome Top" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon
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4015f   $215.00


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Generally attributed to George Sharp because of its similarity to his "Ball" design from the 1860s, this 1860s this item was in fact manufactured by Gale & Corning, with the design patent issued to Alonzo Hebbard (information from a private researcher).

It has a faceted shank with grommet-like devices at each end, and features a large, hemispherical "Dome," engraved in this instance "H.P.Y." in Old English lettering.

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Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Solid Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4013f   $70.00


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A 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., flat-handle master butter knife, this is an old example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

It exhibits the fine detail of an early production piece, which in this instance extends onto the blade. The handle is up-tipped, which is an additional feature associated with older examples; later pieces had flat handle ends.

There is a line script "H" monogram engraved on the handle front.

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Copenhagen Silver Industry Hand Made Large Sterling Ladle Spoon
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Something between a ladle and a spoon, this 9 1/2" long, 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, round bowl item is very heavy at 5.0 T. oz.

It is extensively marked, including "Copenhagen Silver Industry Ltd.," "Sterling Hand Wrought Denmark," and an emblem.

Reference information about this Danish Modern Arts & Crafts maker is scant, although enough material is available to indicate this "floral and inscribed" pattern is a standard design with the firm, with a likely 1930s date.

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