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19th Century Wongshing, Canton, China, Export Sterling Spoon
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2327f   $75.00

19th Century Wongshing, Canton, China, Export Sterling Spoon
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This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source. Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is also largely imitative of English silver, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Pickle Fork
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2320f   $46.00

Reed & Barton
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A multi-motif floral design, Reed & Barton's "La Parisienne" represents the epitome of Art Nouveau design.

This 5 7/8" long, relatively weighty at nearly .8 T. oz., pickle fork portrays a pond lily accompanied with stylized, sinuous leaves encircling both sides of the handle.

The tines on this are finished in a bright gold wash. This piece is to be distinguished from a cocktail fork, which is shorter and has stubbier tines.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram... Click for details

Knowles "Crescent" Unusual Sterling Place Fork
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2317f   $40.00

Knowles
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this fork is an old example of Knowles' 1878 "Crescent" pattern.

It has an unusual four tine configuration, with a hooked upper tine, and much englarged and also hooked, lower tine. It is possibly a pickle or pastry variant, or even an early, and rare, lobster fork. The upper surface of the tine area is artfully engraved and has a matte finish.

The front of the handle has an Old English "S" monogram.

The condition is mint estate. There... Click for details

Gorham "Maryland" Sterling Silver Oyster Ladle
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2313dd   $235.00

Gorham
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Measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a substantial 4.7 T. oz., this piece is most likely an oyster ladle rather than the larger yet full size soup.

In today's environment the distinction may be inconsequential. Indeed, some of the massive serving pieces of the 19th century may be overly large for contemporary tables, making this size more utilitarian.

The pattern is Gorham's late 19th century "Maryland." It is an elaborate design that incorporates acanthus leaves, rose blossoms and... Click for details

Amston "Gladstone" Large, Heavy Sterling Serving Fork
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2310f   $85.00

Amston
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9" long, heavy, 3.4 T. oz., serving fork.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in very fine estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and is... Click for details

Watson "Floral" Owatonna Sterling Souvenir Spoon
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2307f   $30.00

Watson
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One from Watson's early 20th century Art Nouveau floral line, this motif is not as readily found as other designs in the series.

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon. As is the case for all of Watson's work of this sort, the die and finish work reflect a high level of refinement. The pattern is set in very high relief and precisely rendered, incorporating fine detail.

The bowl of this piece has a pale, matte gold surface and is engraved with the image of a... Click for details

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Watson "Grape" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Fruit Spoon
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2302f   $46.00

Watson
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Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines. The backside repeats the theme in diminished... Click for details

Old Dominick & Haff "Labors of Cupid" Cocktail Fork
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2299f   $65.00

Old Dominick & Haff
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Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm. Wise & Son."

A multi-motif, figural design, the pattern incorporates various... Click for details

Figural Gorham "Piper" Sterling Youth Spoon Gold Bowl
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2297f   $55.00

Figural Gorham
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would... Click for details

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
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2293f   $40.00

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
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Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work.

There is an Old English "T.F.H." monogram set sideways on the... Click for details

Polhamus for Tiffany "Ionic" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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2291f   $38.00

Polhamus for Tiffany
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Rose" Enamel on Sterling Teaspoon
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2289f   $25.00

Reed & Barton
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One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." ... Click for details

Old Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
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2286f   $22.00

Old Gorham
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

Reed & Barton "Columbia" Sterling Silver Jam Spoon
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2279f   $35.00

Reed & Barton
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At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an... Click for details

Old Newbury Crafters stuffing spoon,
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2202   $250.00

Old Newbury Crafters stuffing spoon,
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length 12 7/8 inches, weight 4.11 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

With the added cachet (we were going to say "snob appeal", but then remembered that our faithful readers, all two of them who remain, aren't snooty) of a Cartier retailer's mark.

Quality Whiting "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2275f   $50.00

Quality Whiting
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An estate item, this gravy ladle was made by Whiting in the "Louis XV" pattern. It is marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1891," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Kennard & Co."

It measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 2.2 T. oz. The bowl is generously proportioned, with a depth of 1". It has decorated, flanged shoulders and an intact, satin matte gold finish on the interior.

There is an Old English "B" monogram on the front of the handle.

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