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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
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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.

The pattern is a... Click for details

Gorham "Cromwell" Old Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
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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
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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.

It is... Click for details

Immaculate Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
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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
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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 pattern 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... Click for details

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Whiting "No. 1" Floral Pierced Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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2486f   $65.00

Whiting
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An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.

The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling... Click for details

Tifft & Whiting Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Knife
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2484f   $46.00

Tifft & Whiting Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Knife
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Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.

This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.

Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a... Click for details

Original, Old, Gorham "Florentine" Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoon
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2483f   $22.00

Original, Old, Gorham
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A turn of the twentieth century design, Gorham's "Florentine" is a highly embellished pattern that features a bearded figure at the end of the handle.

This example is a 3 5/8" long, .4 T. oz., master salt spoon.

It is an original, early production, item and not a later recast, and in mint condition.

The ovoid bowl has a matte finish and the handle is engraved "HG" in fine script lettering.

Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat 190x."

Kirk "King" Sterling Silver Cream Soup Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2481f   $210.00

Kirk
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Kirk's oldest pattern, "King" remained in production throughout the life of the company.

These examples are stamped "S.Kirk & Son," which was used beginning in 1932 until 1961 according to one reference and until 1979 according to another.

They are cream soup spoons, measuring 6 1/8" long. There are 14 of these, all matching, with the same script "ELS" monogram on the backside. They all weigh between 1.2 and 1.3 T. oz., with one exception which is extra weight at 1.5 T. oz.

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Gorham "California" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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2479f   $70.00

Gorham
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Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Princeton" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
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2476f   $65.00

Wood & Hughes
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"Princeton" was the last line pattern that Wood & Hughes produced. It dates from 1893, two years after a disastrous fire from which the company never fully recovered, and which ultimately caused it to go out of business in 1899. Given its short run, "Princeton" pieces are not readily found.

This example is a 7 15/16" long, 1.9 T. oz., serving fork.

The pattern is rococo in manner, incorporating a variety of design elements asymmetrically arrayed.

This has four wide tines, the outer... Click for details

Gorham "Lancaster" Flat Handle Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
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2474f   $120.00

Gorham
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A lengthy 10 1/8" and weighing a substantial 2.7 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside of the scalloped edge blade.

The pattern is "Lancaster," sometimes referred to as "Lancaster Rose," which is reflective of the predominant component of the design, namely the cluster of rose blossoms that appears on the end of the beaded edge handle.

The piece is solid silver, including the blade and flat... Click for details

Early Whiting Art Nouveau "Violet" Sterling Silver Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2471f   $38.00

Early Whiting Art Nouveau
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A clean and quietly elegant representation of the violet form, Whiting's pattern of that same name stands forward as one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral patterns of the early 20th century.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.

It is an early example marked "APR. 5 0x," along with the Whiting logo and "Sterling." It is also stamped... Click for details

Six Mint, Matching Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoons
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2470f   $135.00

Six Mint, Matching Whiting
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Each of these six, matching demitasse or coffee spoons (they could also function as egg spoons) measures 4" long and has a delicate script "E.V.P." script monogram. They weigh 2.2 T. oz. the lot.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowls are a fancy version, with flanged shoulders,... Click for details

Three Various Shiebler "Month" Floral Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2467f   $55.00

Three Various Shiebler
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Dating from 1902, George Shiebler's group of twelve month designs follows closely after his Flora series and his line pattern "Fiorito." All of them incorporate Art Nouveau, floral motifs.

This trio includes the months of "April," "September," and "November," and portrays respectively, a lily, a poppy, and a chrysanthemum.

Each spoon measures 6" long, and is heavy, weighing something over 1.0 T. oz. each, with slight variation piece to piece.

The condition of all the spoons is... Click for details

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