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Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4244f   $115.00


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Issued by Reed & Barton in the early 20th century, "LaParisienne" stands alongside the company's "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," and "Les Cinq Fleurs," as among some of the most striking Art Nouveau designs produced by American silver manufacturers of the period.

A multi-motif floral pattern, this example, a 7 1/2" long, relatively heavy 1.9 T. oz., preserve spoon, features pond or water lilies set in high relief, with a full blossom, buds and leaves on the handle front and trailing leaves... Click for details

Bright Cut Twist Handle with Claw Grips Sterling Silver Tongs
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4242f   $42.00


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This pair of 4 5/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., Victorian, tongs are particularly decorative. They may have been intended for sugar or olives.

The upper portion of the arms are broad, have angular shoulders, and are bright cut engraved in an Aesthetic style blossom and leaf design. The arch has wriggle work engraving on the borders and is inscribed with a flowing "EMF" monogram.

The lower half of the arms are twisted and end in a ball or sphere at the join with the detailed, claw form,... Click for details

Blackinton "Thistle" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Long Olive Spear
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4240f   $75.00


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Lengthy at 8 7/8" and weighing .9 T. oz., this olive spear or pick is solid silver.

The pattern is "Thistle," which is an early 20th century Art Nouveau design made by R. Blackinton & Co.

The high relief thistle flowers and leaves run the full length of both sides of the handle, with the leaves extending onto the shoulders of the twist.

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition. It retains clear pattern detail that is free of any polishing wear. There are no bends or burrs, and... Click for details

Polhamus for Tiffany "Diamond" Heavy Sterling Silver Place Fork
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4237f   $46.00


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A pattern originated by New York's John Polhamus and later continued by George Shiebler, "Diamond" is an elaborate Gothic Revival design.

Issued in 1867, as evidenced by the "J.P. Patent 1867" imprinted on the handle backside of this 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., fork, this was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose name also appears on the reverse, along with "Sterling."

Tiffany began its own production of flatware in 1868, so this dates from a narrow time frame.

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Gorham "Barnyard" or "Gilpen" Sterling Silver Youth Knife
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4236f   $95.00


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This 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., youth knife (could double as a tea or dessert piece) has a hollow handle and flat, solid silver, blunt end blade.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the blade backside.

An engaging design, the handle portrays pastoral scenes, with a woman and dog tending sheep on one side, and a man on horseback with scurrying chickens on the other.

While unnamed, the internet has embraced the name "Barnyard" for... Click for details

International "Frontenac" Old Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of older production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition. Every detail of the lily motif remains... Click for details

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Gorham "Maryland" Solid Sterling Silver Oyster Ladle
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4234dd   This item is currently being auctioned


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Measuring 10 1/2" long, and weighing 4.7 T. oz., this piece is an oyster ladle, a size that is slightly smaller than a full size soup.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which has a gold washed interior and a shell on the heel of the backside.

An estate item always held in one family, there is a fancy, elaborated, Old English style... Click for details

Stieff "Williamsburg Shell" Sterling Silver Large Bowl Gravy Ladle
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4230f   $80.00


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A flatware line produced by Stieff and retailed exclusively by Colonial Williamsburg, "Williamsburg Shell" features a raised shell applied on the end of a sharply curved, rounded, "Antique" handle.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.8 T. oz., gravy ladle with a large, round, 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, hemispherical bowl that is itself shell form.

Never monogrammed, this remains in flawless estate condition. The bowl is without dents, bends, or nicks, and the overall finish is... Click for details

Gorham "Lancaster" Sterling Silver Chocolate Muddler
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4229f   $44.00


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Chocolate muddlers are characteristically long-handled, designed to reach deep into a chocolate pot to stir any powder that may have settled on the bottom, and that is the case with this 8 3/8" long, faintly over 1.0 T. oz., example.

The pattern is Gorham's "Lancaster," issued in 1897. The beaded border handle features a cluster of rose blossoms at the tip, and in this instance is engraved with an Old English letter "S" monogram.

The bowl is essentially round, 1 1/2" by 1 3/4", and is... Click for details

Watson "Orchid" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Cream Ladle
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4228f   $46.00


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Watson Newell's "Orchid" is one of numerous floral designs the company produced in the early part of the 20th century that yet stand as exemplary expressions of Art Nouveau design.

This example is a 5" long, .9 T. oz., cream ladle.

The flower is fully three-dimensional, rising out of the end of handle and folding over on itself in a highly expressive manner, with trailing leaves tracing their way up the handle margins, front and back sides.

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J.S. MacDonald, Baltimore, 6 "Lily Engraved" Sterling Parfait Spoons
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4227f   $200.00


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A matched set of six, each of these parfait or lemonade spoons measures a lengthy 8 1/2", with the group weighing a substantial 8.3 T. oz.

They are marked "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald" for the Baltimore, Maryland, manufacturer and retailer, with approximate dates 1870-1920.

They have rounded, slightly down-turned, "Antique" handles that are bright cut engraved in a "Lily" aka "Lily of the Valley" pattern.

Each one has a feathered script "BLB" monogram set sideways on the handle.... Click for details

Towle "King Richard" Sterling Silver Estate Sugar Tongs
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4225f   This item is currently being auctioned


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An older production pair of tongs in Towle's "King Richard" pattern introduced in 1932, this piece measures 4 1/8" long and at just under 1.0 T. oz. is relatively heavy.

An elaborate, courtly appearing, design, the pattern occupies the full length of each arm, extending onto the modified talon grips.

The arch is plain and has never been monogrammed.

In very fine estate condition, it is without wear, bends, or nicks, and the finish is bright and even.

Marks are "Towle Sterling" and... Click for details

International "Cleone" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4223f   $105.00


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Named for an ancient Greek water nymph, aka naiad, "Cleone" is one of the most expressive patterns that International Silver Company produced.

Dating from 1900, it is figural and naturalistic both. The end of the handle portrays a bearded male image, whose cheeks are buttressed by pond lilies. Elements of the beard fuse into tendrils, accented by an additional blossom and leaves that trail along the upper margins of the handle of this 7 1/4" long, very heavy, 1.9 T. oz., master butter... Click for details

Hayne & Carter London 1843 "Kings" Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoons
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4222f   $95.00


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A matched pair, with each piece hallmarked for sterling, London, 1843-44, and maker Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater (SH/DC), successors to Thomas Wallis, these are large, 4 1/2" long, and heavy, 2.0 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons.

A traditional "Kings" pattern, they have the requisite concave shells on the front, convex shells on reverse, and honeysuckle detailing mid handle.

Each of them is engraved in a leaf script, perhaps "EB" monogram on the front.

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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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4221f   $46.00


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A 6" long, .8 T. oz. spoon with an "Old English," i.e. "Reverse Tipt," handle, this is stamped with the "lion, K, crown" emblem of Philadelphia silversmith Peter Krider and the word "Sterling."

A sugar spoon, although it bears some similarity to an ice cream spoon, it has a plum shaped, pointed end bowl with flange shoulders and a midrib down the center.

Likely dating from the 1870s, this exhibits the exquisite bright cut engraving for which Philadelphia silver of the period was renowned.... Click for details

Pair Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Teaspoons, Mint
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4220f   $65.00


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Original, early production, items, each of these two, 6" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz. the pair, teaspoons is marked with Reed & Barton's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and an "H," which may be a weight designation.

The pattern is R&B's Art Nouveau "Francis I" issued in 1907

Never monogrammed, these two remain in essentially new condition, showing not the least bit of wear, having flawless bowls, and possessing bright finishes.

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