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Whiting "Grecian" (Ram's Head) Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4101f   $65.00


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Solid silver and flat handled, this master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "5."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and... Click for details

Whiting "Persian," Wm. Wise Retailer, Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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4097f   $80.00


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Measuring 6 7/8" long, and weighty at approximately 1.5 T. oz., this spoon is stamped with Whiting's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. Appd. For" (indicating it is an early production piece in the line), and with the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "W(illiam). Wise."

The pattern is "Persian," which dates from 1880. It is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

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Watson "Altair" Sterling Silver Nut or Other Scoop
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4095f   $65.00


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An early 20th century design, Watson's "Altair" shows the free-flowing expressiveness of its Art Nouveau period, with a rococo flair. It features an asymmetrical array of acanthus leaves with floral (rose) detailing.

This example is 6 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., scoop, likely for nuts.

Watson used two bowls for this piece (which was generally pierced), of which this splayed, shovel-like with scalloped end and scrolled flange shoulders, is the less common. This retains traces of an... Click for details

Whiting "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Butter Pick, Original
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4094f   $56.00


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Commonly referred to as "Peony Twist" referencing the large, single, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its turned stem.

Made by Whiting, this 6 1/4" long, approximately .6 T. oz., butter pick is imprinted with the company's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and the numbers "24" and "2."

An original, i.e. not custom made, item, it has the narrow, twisted, and in this case gold washed, prong tip that characteristics this form.

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Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Large Sterling Silver Dinner Fork x 4
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4092f   $75.00


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The larger of two full-size dinner forks offered in Reed & Barton's Art Nouveau "Francis I" pattern, this fork measures 7 7/8" long and is very heavy at 2.6 T. oz.

An early piece, it carries the R&B "eagle, R, lion" mark, "Sterling," "Pat. June 25 07," and "H," all in fine lettering as expected of old items in this line.

Showing a particularly crisp strike, this is free of any wear, showing the elaborate fruit, leaf, and floral detail of the design in exquisite detail.

Dominick & Haff "Charles II" Sterling Silver Butter or Olive Fork
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4087f   $35.00


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Flat handled and with two hooked prongs, this 5 1/2" long, approximately .5 T. oz., piece may be an olive or a butter fork.

The pattern is "Charles II" made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94" appear on the handle backside.

A "Kings" variant, the design incorporates the characteristic shell and honeysuckle elements of this motif, along with a pronounced beaded border.

There is an engraved feathered script "EMH" monogram set sideways on the handle.... Click for details

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Bigelow, Kennard Engraved "Buckle" Sterling Silver Hot Cake Lifter
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4086f   $135.00


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Dating circa 1870, this 8 1/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., hotcake, pancake, or waffle server has Boston origins, marked "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and "925 in an oval" for sterling.

It has a rounded end, tipt backside, "Old English" pattern handle.

The otherwise plain front is engraved in a "Buckle" or "Garter" design that was popular in the period.

It has a round, 2 1/4" diameter, scalloped edge with nipple tip, flat serving end that is finely engraved in a bright cut and wriggle... Click for details

Gorham "Medici" Large Sterling Silver Tongs with Claw Grips
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4085f   $68.00


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Weighty at 1.6 T. oz., this large, 5 1/8" long, pair of sugar tongs is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted."

The pattern is "Medici," aka "Old Medici," which is a complex, late 19th century, design that features imagery and figures from the Italian Renaissance. In this instance the portraiture is of a woman carrying a tray of fruit.

The talon grips have unusual textured surfaces that exhibit a chiseled quality, while the arch is engraved "Delia" over... Click for details

Six J. & G. Piercy, London 1815, "Reverse Tipt" Sterling Teaspoons
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4084   This item is currently being auctioned


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Late Georgian, these six, matching, 5 5/8" long, 4.1 T. oz. the lot, teaspoons are marked for London, sterling silver, 1815, and makers Josiah and George Piercy.

They are "Fiddle" shaped with "Tipt" backsides and thumb drops on the bowl heels.

They show high craft in their making, exhibiting such details as clean beveling on the handle edges and ends, as well as on the drops, and overall elegant proportions and fine finishes.

In excellent condition, they are without monograms (although... Click for details

Paye & Baker Sterling Silver Baby Fork with Child and Daisies
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4083f   $46.00


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Illustrated in the Paye & Baker catalogue of 1908, this 6 1/8" long item is identified as a baby fork.

The pattern shows the Art Nouveau influences of its period, and features a small child garbed in a night dress, with scroll and daisy detailing on the remainder of the curved edge handle. The backside reads "Baby" in raised lettering.

This design was offered in a knife, two different forks and spoons, and a food pusher, as single pieces or in various combination boxed sets.

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A.E. Warner, Baltimore, "Mayflower" 11 oz. Silver Place Spoon x 4
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4080f   This item is currently being auctioned


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The engraved scrolling acanthus leaf design on this "Reverse Tipt" with thumb drop backside, 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon, was a common motif (with variants) used in Baltimore from the mid 19th century forward. It eventually became regularized in the "Mayflower" line pattern produced by Kirk-Stieff.

This piece was made by Andrew Ellicott Warner, a prominent 19th century Baltimore silversmith, and is stamped with his name, along with the peculiar-to-Baltimore "11" ounce standard... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Confection or Bon Bon Spoon
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4077f   $52.00


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Measuring 5 1/8" long, weighing .9 T. oz., and with a round, scallop-edged, slightly concave, bowl, this small sweet or bon bon server is marked with Whiting's "lion and W" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Heraldic," issued in 1880. It features a knight's helmet situated above a shield reserve, all set against a raised acanthus leaf ground.

The bowl is smooth and in this instance retains traces of an original gold wash.

Never monogrammed, this is in excellent condition.... Click for details

Whiting "Dandelion" 1880s Sterling Silver Long Salad Serving Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4076f   $385.00


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Falling within the realm of exotic silver design, Whiting's "Dandelion" was produced in a limited number of pieces.

The design derives from Aesthetic sensibilities, with the central flower, bud, and leaf portraiture surrounded by irregular, wavy detailing and a run of circular, stylized, rosettes.

This example is a salad serving set, comprised of a 9 1/2" long, 3.7 T. oz., spoon, and a 9 7/16", 3.8 T. oz. fork.

The shoulders and margins on both pieces are scalloped, while the heels show... Click for details

Tiffany "Italian" 1870 Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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4074f   $125.00


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One of Tiffany's earliest line patterns, "Italian" draws upon the Renaissance and Greek Revival design sensibilities of its period.

This example, a 5 7/8" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar sifter, is an early production item, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and "m," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern elements are set against a satin matte ground, which is particularly evident on the backside open area that includes a feathered script "RR" monogram.... Click for details

Gorham "Louis XIV" Solid Sterling Silver Youth or Tea Knife "Harry"
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4070f   $48.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz., this piece is a youth knife, engraved "Harry" on one side of the solid handle, and "1873" on the other side.

The pattern is "Louis XIV," which, apart from the obvious French reference, also incorporates a variety of style elements including Moorish and Greek Revival.

In excellent condition, it is free of polishing wear and has a flat, even, blade that is without bends or nicks. The finish is soft and even.

Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor,... Click for details

Set Atkin Brothers Figural Rattail 5 O'Clock Sterling Silver Spoons
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4064f   This item is currently being auctioned


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These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray... Click for details

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