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Tiffany "King's" aka "Saratoga" aka "Cook" Sterling Silver Youth Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2532f   $55.00

Tiffany
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In his benchmark work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood traces the name evolution of the pattern most commonly known as "Saratoga."

The company's third line, it was originally issued as "King's" or "King" in 1870, sometimes referred to as "Old King" to distinguish it from the later "English King." It was briefly reissued in 1908, then called "Cook," and finally again reintroduced in 1956 under the name "Saratoga" by which it is known today.

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Scarce Shiebler Art Nouveau "Flora" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2528f   $385.00

Scarce Shiebler Art Nouveau
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An immensely well-received line featuring at minimum twelve, and according to one source at least fifteen, different flower motifs, Shiebler's "Flora" remains a pattern of choice among collectors casual and serious.

Most frequently found as teaspoons, the series was produced in a variety of other place and serving pieces. Large items such as this 9 5/8" long, nearly 3.5 T. oz., likely fish serving fork, however, are quite rare.

The detail of the Art Nouveau design shows to advantage at... Click for details

Heavy, Full Size Durgin "Marechal Niel" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

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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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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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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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

Whiting "No. 1" Floral Pierced Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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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