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Whiting "Lily" Large Sterling Silver Tongs, Old
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3246f   $100.00


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The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.... Click for details

Alvin "Nuremberg" Figural Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3243f   $195.00


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Named for the German city with a rich artistic tradition, Alvin's 1903 "Nuremberg" incorporates abundant imagery, the central feature of which is a smiling, slightly devilish looking, jester or gargoyle like figure.

Other elements include flower blossoms, acanthus leaves, a shell, and a fruit or berry at the end of a scalloped edge handle.

This example is a large, 11 1/2" long, approximately 4.0 T. oz., fish slice. The blade has a shaped and curved upper side and shoulders, both with a... Click for details

Michael Homer, Dublin 1777, Shell Bowl Sterling Gravy Ladle
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3240f   $185.00


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An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

There is a feathered script "VL" monogram on the... Click for details

Durgin CHRYSANTHEMUM sardine fork
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2271   $195.00


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length 6 1/4 inches, weight 1.58 oz. Troy, the slightest distress to outer tine (at end, barely enough to show up in photo number three) but fine overall condition, no mono, retailed by Harris & Shafer of Phila.

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Dublin, Ireland, 1821 "IB" "Old English" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3234f   $55.00


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A generously proportioned piece, this sterling spoon measures 9 1/8" long and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

Its origins are Irish, with hallmarks indicating it was made in Dublin in 1821 by Joshua Buckton, as indicated by the "I pellet B" imprint. James Brady also dates from the same time, but his mark is absent the pellet.

It is an "Old English" pattern, with a down-turned, reverse tip handle and a thumb drop on the bowl backside.

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Richard Turner, London, 1812, Georgian Sterling Silver Basting Spoon
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3233f   $185.00


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Large at 11 3/4" long, and weighty at 4.3 T. oz., this down turned, "Reverse Tipt," spoon has beveled edges and a thumb drop on the heel backside.

An English Georgian piece, it is fully marked for London, sterling, 1812-13, and maker Richard Turner (RT).

Variously identified as a platter, basting, or stuffing spoon, it is intended for heavy duty.

This has a leaf script "M" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain handle.

It is in excellent condition, the only signs of use... Click for details

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Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle, Original
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3229f   $62.00


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An early example of a classic Alvin design, "Old Orange Blossom," this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.3 T. oz.

It is marked with Alvin's three part emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent," all in fine, precise lettering as it should be on an old piece.

The flower and leaf detail on the handle is rendered in such sharp and clear design that even the pollen on the petals shows.

The bowl has a scalloped edge, with flange shoulders, grooves in the... Click for details

Durgin Baroque aka Pierced Design Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3224f   $295.00


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An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long serving spoon is large and very heavy at 4.3 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 3 5/8" by 2 5/8" by 3/4" deep. It is a... Click for details

Durgin Baroque aka Pierced Design Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
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3223f   $285.00


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An unnamed pattern, this Durgin design is sometimes referred to as "Baroque," "Pierced Design," or other name derived from its attributions.

Presenting with a dramatic and bold look, this 9" long, possibly meat, serving fork is large and very heavy at 4.4 T. oz.

The handle is cast, and as indicated above, incorporates an intricate, asymmetrical, rococo, pierced design, which overall appears as quite grand.

The serving end includes four broad tines, one of the outer ones of which is... Click for details

Wendell, Chicago, "Ariel" Cupid Figure Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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3214f   $105.00


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A late 19th century, not commonly found, design made by the Chicago firm "Wendell Manufacturing Company," "Ariel" features a cherubic-looking figure set against a dense, decorative background. It is highly reminiscent of Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid," which it predates by five years, 1895 vs. 1900.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, heavy, 1.7 T. oz. sauce or small gravy ladle. The 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl has flange shoulders and a scalloped and patterned outer border.

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Pair William Johnson, London, 1834 "Tipt" Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
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3211f   $125.00


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To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

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Whiting cast ROSE ice cream knife
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2267   $575.00


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Long, massive and superbly well constructed, this would make an ideal piece for the bride who seeks to cut the cake in a most elegant manner.

Length twelve inches, weight 8 Troy ounces (!), a few barely visible nicks at upper edge of blade but fine overall condition.

Towle "Old English" (Rose) Sterling Silver Pierced Pea Spoon
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3204f   $210.00


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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

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Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon Set
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3203dd   $105.00


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This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

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Gorham "Beaded," Harris & Shafer, DC, Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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3202f   $155.00


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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a... Click for details

Wason "Lily" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Bon Bon Scoop
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3198f   $65.00


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A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is... Click for details

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