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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Eight Matched Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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3056f   $160.00


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Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other.

These are early examples, all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor,... Click for details

Tiffany "Japanese" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon, Old & Original
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3053f   $335.00


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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1871."

The handle is upraised, has a satin finish front and back, and protruding knobs on the sides, all of which are distinguishing features between "Japanese" and "Audubon."

This piece is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems... Click for details

Towle "No. 50" Engraved Boxed Set Sterling Silver Ladle and Tongs
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3052f   $150.00


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Towle produced numerous bright cut engraved patterns in the late 19th century, some of which were named and others identified only by number.

These two items, a large, 5 1/4" long, pair of tongs, and a 5 7/8" long cream ladle, each piece weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., are examples of "Number 50."

They were a presentation set, packaged in a purple colored velvet clad box, with a pale blue satin interior. There is a trade sticker on the underside that identifies this as retailed by "Myers... Click for details

Langlands & Robertson Newcastle Six Picture Back Sterling Spoons
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3051f   $225.00


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Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This image is one of six, matching pieces made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, each one of which features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

They measure 5" long each and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the lot., and have down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handles with exposed drops.

The fronts have a feathered script "JML" monogram.

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Tiffany "Lap Over Edge" Acid Etched Extra Large Sterling Silver Tongs
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3049f   $445.00


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Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Trianon Pierced" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
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3048f   $35.00


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A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains... Click for details

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William Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tablespoon
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3046f   $45.00


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One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"... Click for details

Wallace "Peony" Art Nouveau Intaglio Sterling Silver Meat Fork
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3039f   $110.00


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Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Baby Fork
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3037f   $32.00


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Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

Alvin "Nuremburg" Figural Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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3035f   $48.00


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Patented in 1903, "Nuremburg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

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Wong Shing Chinese Export 19th Century Sterling Silver Spoon
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3034f   $60.00


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This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 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 generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and... Click for details

Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Old & Original
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3029f   $55.00


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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

It is marked on the handle reverse with the Whiting lion logo, an Old English "O," "Sterling," and on the heel of the bowl "PAT. 1902" and "R'G 1902," all in fine lettering as an old piece would show.

The nearly round, scalloped edge, scrolled interior, bowl extends 1 3/4" back to front and 1 1/2" across and has a subtle satin finish.

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Lovely Pair of Georgian English Sterling Cast-Arm Sugar Tongs Ca. 1775
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20170306-03   $47.50


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Offered is an excellent 18th Century English silver pair of cast sugar tongs bearing the maker's mark B*M for Benjamin Mordecai/Benjamin Montigue, working in London circa 1770 and later. This pair of tongs should date to about 1775 based on style. This piece is in excellent condition with no evidence of splits or repairs and with a good surface and marks. It measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. There is no armorial or monogram in the engraved reserve at the bow,... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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3026f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Knife
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3025f   $46.00


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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This item is a 7 3/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.8 T. oz., individual fish knife.

It is an early production piece, as indicated by the "1892" inscription on the handle backside. This is the same year the pattern was introduced.

The handle front has a flowing "MJC" monogram.

It is solid silver, including the flat blade with a scrolled upper edge.

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Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork Combination 1881
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3024f   $175.00


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A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element,... Click for details

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