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ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2223   $150.00

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
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length 8 5/8 inches, weight 3.9 Troy ounces, monogrammed "B", outstanding original condition, marked "Shreve Crump & Low" with 925 in oval.

Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary... Click for details

Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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2827f   $45.00

Black, Starr & Frost
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended... Click for details

Six Matched Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
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2826f   $110.00

Six Matched Westervelt
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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2824f   $36.00

Unger Brothers
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
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2823f   $55.00

Whiting
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them... Click for details

Old Tiffany "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
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2817f   $90.00

Old Tiffany
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An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the... Click for details

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Ten Matched Wallace "St. Leon" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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2812f   $150.00

Ten Matched Wallace
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Measuring 4 7/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy 4.6 T. oz. the set, these ten spoons are for after dinner coffee. They are slightly larger than a demitasse and somewhat smaller than a 5 o'clock.

The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.

All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the... Click for details

Gorham "Virginia" Exceptionally Heavy Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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2810f   $75.00

Gorham
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Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in... Click for details

Watson "Altair" Sterling Silver Lettuce Serving Fork
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2808f   $70.00

Watson
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Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers. ... Click for details

Tiffany "Florentine" Sterling Silver After Dinner Coffee Spoon
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2807f   $38.00

Tiffany
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Sized between a demitasse and a 5 o'clock spoon, this piece measures 4 5/8" long and weighs a relatively heavy .7 T. oz.

The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.

It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.

There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling,"... Click for details

Durgin "Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
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2803f   On Hold

Durgin
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Dating from 1898, Durgin's "Orange Blossom" was the first of several Art Nouveau floral patterns that culminated with the company's spectacular "New Art" line.

Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.

The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).

Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Fork
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2802f   $46.00

Towle
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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed. ... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
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2800f   $40.00

Gorham
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A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script... Click for details

Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
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2799f   $38.00

Old Reed & Barton
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A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and... Click for details

Watson "Govenor Dummer" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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2796f   $48.00

Watson
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Derivative of the early 20th century Colonial Revival movement in design, the pattern on this 8 1/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., small berry, aka casserole, spoon is in fact named after a Colonial period governor of Massachusetts, William Dummer (1677-1761).

Issued in 1925, it is markedly similar to Towle's popular "Mary Chilton" which was introduced a decade earlier in 1912.

Sharing the same diamond-shaped handle, Watson's iteration is more elaborated than Towle's. Rather than plain, the handle... Click for details

Wood & Hughes Aesthethic Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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2795f   $55.00

Wood & Hughes Aesthethic Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.

The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.

Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's... Click for details

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