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Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Large, Weighty
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2603f   $70.00


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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

Geo. C. Shreve "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon Variation
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2585f   $95.00


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This 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced or adapted by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co.," and dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two variations, both of which reflect highly sophisticated craftsmanship.

One, the handle is... Click for details

Original Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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2579f   $45.00


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A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.

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Arthur Stone "Hanoverian" Midrib Sterling Silver Ladle, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2573f   $125.00


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This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there... Click for details

Choice Gorham "Raphael" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Gold Finish Bowl
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2567f   $32.00


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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Twist Handle Sterling Butter Fork or Pick
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2551f   $38.00


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Whiting produced two variants of a "Lily of the Valley" pattern. One was a full line design, and the other was limited to certain serving forms and smaller pieces.

This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.

It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.

The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and... Click for details

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International "Cloeta" 3 Piece Sterling Silver Dinner Place Setting
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2542f   $95.00


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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.

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Gorham "Fleury" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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2534f   $44.00


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The pattern "Fleury" is comprised of delicate, but fully elaborated, wild rose blossoms, leaves, and stems, entwined with acanthus leaf and scroll detailing, all interpreted in a French manner as would be expected from the pattern name.

It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," emblem, and "Sterling."

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Original, Scarce, International "Avalon" Solid Sterling Toast Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2532f   $155.00


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International's "Avalon" is a turn of the 20th century design. It incorporates high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell motifs which combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

This item is an uncommonly found toast or bread fork (which is similar to a spinach fork in some patterns).

It measures 7 3/8" long overall and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The defining characteristic of the piece is the slender, lengthy, three tine serving end. This has a decorative... Click for details

Old, Choice, Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Salad Serving Spoon
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2530f   $225.00


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An early, original, piece of Whiting's stand-out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this 9 1/8" long, heavy, 3.3 T. oz., salad serving spoon is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "R'd 1902," and with the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts "Daniel Low & Co."

It is distinguished by an elongated bowl, 3 1/2" by 2 1/16" at the widest, which in this instance retains very slight traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate... Click for details

George Gebelein Arts & Crafts "Antique Tipt" Sterling Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2529f   $95.00


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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945.

His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art. That is the case with this 7" long, weighty, 2.3 T. oz., silver gravy ladle.

Inspired by American colonial period design, about which Gebelein was a scholar, it has a clean,... Click for details

Wallace Art Nouveau "Irian" Sterling Silver Large Gravy Ladle
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2527f   $95.00


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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau figural designs, "Irian" features the image of partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a gravy ladle. This line... Click for details

Roger Williams Silver c. 1900 Cast Sterling Silver Figural Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2521f   $95.00


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While this 4 3/4" long, heavy at 1.4 T. oz., bon bon is akin to parallel items produced by such large manufacturers as Gorham and Whiting, this comes from an unexpected source, namely Roger Williams Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

A successor to Howard Sterling Silver Co. c. 1900 according to Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," it merged in 1903 with Mauser and Hayes & MacFarland to form the Mount Vernon Company, so the Roger Williams moniker was... Click for details

Whiting "Twist" Sterling Silver Salad Serving Fork & Spoon
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2502f   $135.00


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One of numerous twisted handle patterns that Whiting produced c. 1880, this fork and spoon pair have a spiral lower section and a larger, blocky, square twist upper end.

While a salad set, either piece could be used independently.

They are substantially sized items, with the fork measuring 9 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., and the spoon 9 1/8" long and 2.2 T. oz.

The serving ends shows an Aesthetic influence, with their irregular, scalloped shoulders and rippled bowls. This latter... Click for details

12 International "Avalon" Sterling Silver Bouillon (Soup) Spoons
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2491f   $135.00


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"Avalon's" high relief, scroll, acanthus leaf, and shell design elements combine to evoke the mythical island from which the line takes its name.

It is a turn of the 20th century pattern made by International. The company's Wilcox & Evertsen indian head emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backsides of these twelve, matched bouillon spoons. Each one measures 4 3/4" long and has an approximately 2" diameter bowl, while the group weighs 9 T. oz.

They all have the same, script,... Click for details

Set of Three English Provincial Sterling Silver Tspns - Newcastle 1854
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20151004-04   $37.50


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Offered is a nice set of three English provincial sterling silver teaspoons assayed in Newcastle-on-Tyne, circa 1854. In addition to the hallmarks, each spoon bears the maker's mark of Thomas Sewell. These spoons measure about 5 1/2 inches in length on average, and weigh a total of 54 grams. Condition is fair, with some dings and dents, and a bit of over-polishing, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of Newcastle silver from the mid-19th Century!

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