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Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Gold Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2858f   $95.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular... Click for details

James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2855f   $150.00


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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00


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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

Watson, Newell & Co. "Cherub" Winged Figure Sterling Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

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two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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.

Alvin "Edward VII" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

J.E. Caldwell "Kings" Sterling Silver Flat Bottom Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2713f   This item is currently being auctioned


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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" aka "English King," 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... Click for details

Original Reed & Barton "Les Cinq Fleurs" Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2711f   This item is currently being auctioned


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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5238   $190.00


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

Serving fork by Arthur Stone
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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.

Durgin "Watteau" Solid Sterling Blade Ice Cream Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2677f   $165.00


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A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor... Click for details

George Nangle, Dublin, Crested Sterling Tongs Circa 1800
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2620f   $125.00


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Measuring 6 3/8" long and substantial weight at over 1.8 T. oz., this pair of tongs is marked with a crowned harp, Hibernia, and "GN" in an oval. These letters are ascribed to George Nangle of Dublin, whose dates are either side of 1800.

Staunch and clean, these were made to a standard and no doubt intended to serve dutifully while presenting with a quiet nobility.

The elongated cup grips have high shoulders that, which, along with the length of the arms, have beveled edges. The arch... Click for details

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