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Rare, Original Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Ideal Olive Spoon
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2720f   $125.00


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A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with... Click for details

Alvin "Edward VII" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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2718f   $135.00


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A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving... Click for details

Original Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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2716f   $48.00


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This 6 5/16" long, just under .8 T. oz. butter pick is a fully authentic, as produced by the manufacturer, and not made up from another item, as many examples of this form are.

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.

In this instance there is a script "LNP" monogram set in the shield shaped... Click for details

Watson "Cherub" Figural Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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2714f   $30.00


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A 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., item, this teaspoon is engraved "March 18, 1898" on the handle reverse and with a delicate, fancy, feathered script "WMC" monogram on the front.

The pattern is Watson's "Cherub," which takes its name from the winged (upward tilting) figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embodies a rococo sensibility.

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J.E. Caldwell "Kings" Sterling Silver Flat Bottom Gravy Ladle
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2713f   $95.00


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This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a... Click for details

Original Reed & Barton "Les Cinq Fleurs" Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
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2711f   $335.00


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One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Cinq Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. The companion pattern is "Les Six Fleurs."

This piece is very large scale at 12" long overall, and for that reason showcases the intricacies of the design to their fullest. The flowers appear to be orchids and show as an open blossom on the end and midpoint of the handle front, and... Click for details

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Serving fork by Porter Blanchard
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5243   $165.00


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Two splayed tines, Rounded end handle. Hammermarks visible. Length 10-1/2". Weight 2.9 troy ounces. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Sugar spoon by Arthur Stone
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Gebelein  
5237   $145.00


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The handle is a modified shield or spade shaped. Length 6-1/8". Weight 19 dwt. The monogram is an Old English B on the top of the handle.Overall condition is excellent. Mark condition is very good.

Child's spoon by Arthur Stone, pierced and engraved rabbit motif
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Gebelein  
5238   $190.00


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Rounded-end handle. Length 4-3/16". No monogram. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Howard "Josephine" Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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2708f   $95.00


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The Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island is to be distinguished from Howard & Company of New York, both operating in the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Many of Howard's lines are identified with successor firms Roger Williams Silver and ultimately Mount Vernon, and that is the case with "Josephine," the pattern on this 10 3/8" long, 3.2 T. oz., platter, stuffing, or basting spoon.

Presumably named after Napoleon's empress consort, the design features bold acanthus... Click for details

Serving fork by Arthur Stone
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5242   $180.00


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Journeyman Erickson. Two tines, pointed end. Length 9-1/4".Weight 2.6 troy ounces. Monogram REH in cut-cornered rectangle on top of handle. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
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2701f   $345.00


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A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in... Click for details

Wallace "Kings" Large Shell Bowl Sterling Serving Spoon
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2698f   $115.00


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A lengthy piece at 9 3/16", and weighing nearly 2.6 T. oz., this spoon has an exceptionally large bowl. Shell form and with a satin gold wash, it is 3 3/4" long by 2 3/4" at the widest, and probably was made as a vegetable or salad server.

The pattern is Wallace's version of "Kings," issued in 1903, and encompasses all the traditional elements of a design derived from English antecedents. The pattern appears on both sides of the slightly upturned handle, with the front having a convex... Click for details

International "Revere" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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2694f   $55.00


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"Revere" is a pattern that dates from the same year, 1898, that a number of companies aggregated to form International Silver. This 8 3/4" long, weighty, 2.2 T. oz., cold meat or beef fork is stamped with the Indian head emblem of one of the component companies, "Wilcox & Evertsen."

The pattern is decidedly late Victorian, with abundant scroll detailing with floral embellishments. The design carries onto the cupped heel and shoulders of the four, slender tine, serving end.

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9 Matching Frank Smith "Federal Cotillion" Sterling Cocktail Forks
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2691f   $150.00


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Issued in 1901 at the beginning of the Edwardian Period in English history, Frank Smith's "Federal Cotillion" is also known as "Edward VII." It is a relatively high style "Kings" pattern that with only minor differences is identical to Whiting's "King Edward," also introduced in 1901, suggesting that American silver manufacturers were pivoting off the end of the Victorian era in their design offerings.

This group is a matched set of eight oyster or seafood cocktail forks. Each one measures... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Lily Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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2687f   $395.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold... Click for details

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