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Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Chipped Beef Fork
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2787f   $90.00


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A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this... Click for details

Watson, Newell & Co. "Cherub" Winged Figure Sterling Sugar Spoon
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2768f   $85.00


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A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. ... Click for details

Old Tiffany "English King" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2749f   $225.00


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An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

Rare Duhme "Homeric" Hammered Sterling Silver Bon Bon
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2747f   $185.00


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An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric,"... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2218   $675.00


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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.37 Troy ounces (each), monogrammed as shown, fine condition, scarce.

Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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2729f   $90.00


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Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no... Click for details

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Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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2728f   $42.00


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A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in 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 bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the... 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

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

Serving fork by Porter Blanchard
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Gebelein  
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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Gebelein  
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.

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