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Knowles & Ladd QUEEN berry spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2257   Sold


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length inches, weight 2.17 Troy ounces, monogrammed "G" (?) in elaborate shaded script, obverse, and "1824 / 1874" reverse, reticulated gilt bowl engraved with ivy leaves, immaculate original condition.

We have never encountered a spoon with this boat-shaped flat bottom bowl in the past, and have conferred with a Very Knowledgeable Fellow who has owned one (yes, just one) before and is of the opinion that this is indeed a berry spoon.

Wood & Hughes LOUVRE fried oyster server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2256   $250.00


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length 10 1/8 inches, weight 3.34 Troy ounces, ornate four letter script monogram on reverse, excellent condition.

The blade features a restrained and well executed bit of engraving (please see third enlargement) with brite-cut foliage and shaded flowers.

Wood & Hughes LOUVRE jelly trowel
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2255   $195.00


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or jelly cake knife, if you'd prefer, length 9 1/8 inches, weight 1.84 oz. Troy, excellent condition save for a long shallow scratch on reverse of blade (please see second enlargement), monogrammed in script on reverse.

The obverse features a refined bit of engraving, done by a skilled and steady hand.

Watson Six Sterling Silver Lemonade or Iced Tea Sterling Silver Straws
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3175f   $90.00


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These six matching lemonade or iced tea sipping straws are 8 1/4" long each, while the group weighs approximately 2.4 T. oz.

They were made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" mark (used 1910 forward) and the word "Sterling" are stamped near the upper ball ends.

Much of this sort of thing was produced by notions manufacturers whose quality does not match these made by a major silver firm.

The bowls are heart-shaped, with the lower portion of the tubes where they are attached angled... Click for details

Gorham "465" Sterling Silver Victorian Toast or Bread Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3174f   $115.00


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Stamped with a "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham, "Sterling," the model number "465," and a date symbol for 1892, this item measures 6 3/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.

The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.

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Hebbard & Moore "Engraved Ivy" Twist Handle Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3172f   $32.00


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A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

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George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle, Fancy Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3170f   $95.00


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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Pickle Fork and Knife Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3168f   $110.00


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A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It 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... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Tongs, Early
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3162f   On Hold


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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and... Click for details

Durgin IRIS orange knives, three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2254   $285.00


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length 6 5/8 inches, plated steel blades, very minor pinpricks at ends which we've exaggerated in enlargement number four but fine overall condition, monogrammed "C."

As collectors will know, if any of them remain above ground, knives in this elegant old Durgin pattern are scarce.

George Smith III, London 1780, Crested Sterling Silver Marrow Spoon
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3160f   $275.00


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Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is... Click for details

Blackinton HIBISCUS berry spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2253   $450.00


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length 9 1/2 inches, weight 7.40 Troy ounces (!), excellent original condition, gilt bowl, monogrammed "M" (script, reverse).

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a lighter and slightly beaten up version of this same piece may be "bought now" on the big bad auction site for a mere 591 moneys (see item 322373972047).

Alvin "Wellington" Large Pierced Flat Sterling Silver Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3158dd   $115.00


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A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

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Gorham "Cluny" Sterling Silver Four Demitasse Coffee Spoons, Old
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3157f   $110.00


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Early pieces marked on the reverses with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted," these four spoons measure 4 1/4" long each and are relatively weighty at 2.0 T. oz. the group.

Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.

The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high... Click for details

Durgin "Madame Royale" Sterling Silver Pierced Bowl Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3156f   $225.00


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All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of... Click for details

Gorham VIRGINIANA cream ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2251   $25.00


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length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed as shown, very light pattern wear but fine overall condition, weight 1.38 Troy ounces, and as we say here in Boston, "it's a baaahgin."

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