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Whiting "Persian" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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1669f   $85.00

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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design deriving from the same sensibilities that generated Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others. This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with flanged rim and central rib that Whiting used across several lines of the period. Persian has a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Cold Meat Fork
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1665f   $110.00

Old International
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Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this sterling silver server is a large cold meat fork. It is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac," in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. It has a slightly upturned end and retains all the fine detailing that characterizes original pieces of this pattern. This includes the precisely rendered stamen and pollen flecks on the blossoms and the stippling that appears around the margins of the design and the... Click for details

Dominick and Haff RENAISSANCE cold meat fork
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2155   $160.00

Dominick and Haff RENAISSANCE cold meat fork
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length 8 3/8 inches, weight 3.09 Troy ounces, no monogram, slight wear to gilding on tines but very nearly benchmark condition, retailed by Sheafer and Lloyd of Pittsburgh.

This pattern has always been a personal favorite. Note the expressiveness of the eyes, which you may examine up close in photo number three.

Durgin DUBARRY(?) teaspoon
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2152   $50.00

Durgin DUBARRY(?) teaspoon
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engraved "Kansas City" in bowl, length 5 7/8 inches, weight 1.30 Troy ounces, excellent condition.

Place pieces are much rarer than servers in this grand old Durgin pattern whose name is a subject of some disagreement, which leads me to believe that not many were produced.

Simpson, Hall and Miller FRONTENAC olive fork
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2150   Sold

Simpson, Hall and Miller FRONTENAC olive fork
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length 5 3/4 inches, weight .77 oz. Troy, excellent condition, monogrammed "S". It is safe to assume that the olive fork was made in at least two sizes, this being the shortest.

George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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1661f   $115.00

George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece. This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle. The handle is slender and elongated looking, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends up to the lower... Click for details

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8 Wood & Hughes "Cellini" Sterling Ice Cream Spoons
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1660f   $240.00

8 Wood & Hughes
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Dating from 1875, Wood & Hughes' "Cellini" falls into the Renaissance Revival style that was popular in the period. This set of matching ice cream spoons measure 5 9/16" long each and weigh 4.7 T. oz. the set. They have ovoid bowls with flanged rims and matte finish interiors. Both sides of the bowls had gold washes, with the backsides retaining more of this detail than the fronts. There are no monograms or removals and the condition of all eight pieces is flawless. There is no evidence of... Click for details

6 Reed and Barton LES CINQ FLEURS ice cream forks
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2149   $325.00

6 Reed and Barton LES CINQ FLEURS ice cream forks
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length 5 5/8 inches, total Troy weight 6.22 ounces, superb condition, faintly gilt tines, monogrammed as shown (please see third photo).

These are particularly choice examples, extra heavy, with excellent detail and die depth. To my eye, this is one of R & B's most attractive designs. For further discussion of what makes a pattern aesthetically successful, see Design New England, November-December 2012, pp. 60-64

Gorham OLD MASTERS pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2146   $450.00

Gorham OLD MASTERS pie knife
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with high relief cast bust of Van Dyck, length 9 inches, weight 3.24 Troy ounces, no monogram. Truly one of Antoine Heller's greatest designs, and among Gorham's most sculptural patterns.

There is a file cut (visible from side and reverse only; see fourth photo) which we've pictured in excruciating detail, and some light pitting on the blade which we've mostly polished out and probably will address a bit more, as time allows. Aside from this, the condition is excellent.

Set 8 Gorham No. 18 Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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1656f   $135.00

Set 8 Gorham No. 18 Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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Originally made in twelve different images as a part of a set, Gorham's number 18 coffee spoons appear in that company's 1892 catalog (see image 3). This group encompasses eight of those original designs.

All of them are marked lion, anchor, G, "18," and "Sterling." Each spoon measures 4 1/4" long, while the eight together weigh 2.6 T. oz. The bowls all have matching shell and scroll interior surfaces.

The imagery on the cast (rather than die struck) handles varies. Two are figural,... Click for details

Pair London SA 1819 Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoons
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1655f   $40.00

Pair London SA 1819 Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoons
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Fully marked for maker Stephen Adams I of London, with an 1819 date letter, and a lion for sterling silver, these two matched master salt spoons form a handsome pair. Each one measures 4 1/8" long while the two together weigh just over .7 T. oz., which feels weighty. They have reverse tipt ends, exposed drops, and feathered script "TSK" monograms. They are in mint estate condition, showing no signs of wear and having fine finishes.

Gorham for Tiffany "Medallion" Sterling Ice Cream Spoon
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1653f   $60.00

Gorham for Tiffany
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Gorham's "Medallion" was the pattern of choice offered by mid 1860's Tiffany & Co. when it was simply a retailer and not a manufacturer.

This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., ice cream spoon is an example of this partnership. It is stamped lion, anchor, G for Gorham, "Pat. 1864," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling" on the plain backside.

The figure is a youthful helmeted male warrior. The blunt end bowl has a ribbed interior and notched and slightly flanged shoulders. The bowl evidences scant... Click for details

Roast fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5043   $50.00

Roast fork
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Sterling handle, stainless steel tines. Length 9". No monogram. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Poultry shears
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Gebelein  
5042   $75.00

Poultry shears
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Sterling handles, stainless steel blades. Length 11-3/4". No monogram. Overall condition and mark excellent.

two John Wendt servers with applied salamanders
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2141   $975.00

two John Wendt servers with applied salamanders
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a sugar sifter length 7 1/8 inches; weight 1.74 oz. Troy, and a scalloped engraved bowl preserve spoon length 9 inches; weight 2 Troy ounces. Both pieces are marked only "STERLING," (attributed to Wendt) have fully gilt matte finish bowls and are in immaculate condition. We do not recall having seen this pattern before.

Whiting Cast "Cabbage Rose" Sterling Serving Spoon
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1627f   $535.00

Whiting Cast
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Whiting produced a series of floral serving pieces in the late 19th that are little documented, but likely intended to compete with Gorham's impressive "H" series.

The portraiture on this is a "Rose" or specifically a "Cabbage Rose."

Whiting's items have cast handles and applied serving ends, and that is the case with this 8 3/4" long, massive weight, nearly 5.4 T. oz., spoon. Casting enables an end product that has far more depth than typical die struck items, and the benefits of... Click for details

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