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Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
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Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
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Offered is a good earlier French first standard (950 fine) silver table spoon hallmarked for Paris, 1819-1838 and bearing the maker's mark of Veuve Andrieu. Veuve means "widow" in French, and this mark was used from 1833 to 1835 by Marie-Louise Dutertre, widow of Jean-Baptiste Andrieu. Andrieu is listed in the 1821 almanac as successor to Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau, a master who began during the ancien regime. Andrieu died in 1833 and was in turn succeeded by his widow. This maker's mark is... Click for details

Georg Jensen "Bernadotte" Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
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2678f   $75.00

Georg Jensen
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A 3 7/8" long, and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this tea caddy spoon has an almost round, 1 5/8" diameter, bowl.

The pattern is Georg Jensen's "Bernadotte," first issued in 1939. The mark on this, which includes "Sterling" and "Denmark," has been in use since 1945.

It is in superb condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is brilliant, showing only faint surface scratches. The bowl is free of any dents, nicks, or burrs.

Durgin "Watteau" Solid Sterling Blade Ice Cream Slice
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2677f   $195.00

Durgin
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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

Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling & Enamel Teaspoon
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2676f   $35.00

Dominick & Haff
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No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver... Click for details

Tiffany "Clinton" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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2675f   $85.00

Tiffany
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An early 20th century design, Tiffany's "Clinton" pattern exhibits Arts & Crafts sensibilities, as evidenced in this 6 3/4" long, rather weighty at 1.6 T. oz., sauce ladle.

The handle is lengthy, slender, angular, and unadorned save for the domed terminus with a tipt backside. There is a thumb drop where the handle joins the 1 7/8" by 1 3/4" by 1/2 deep, oval bowl.

It has a two-dimensional, cursive, particular to Tiffany, "MKC" monogram on the front of the handle.

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Unger Brothers "Cupid's Nosegay" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
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2669f   $55.00

Unger Brothers
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One of several, fanciful, Art Nouveau designs produced by Unger Brothers that feature ethereal figures, "Cupid's Nosegay" is captivatingly charming.

The nosegay (essentially a bouquet) is comprised of a gathering of floral elements and three clustered and one single cherub faces. The blossoms portrayed include irises and narcissus.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon engraved "Lucile 1903" on the backside of the bowl.

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

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Towle "Merrimack" Sterling Silver Cucumber or Tomato Server
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2668f   $48.00

Towle
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An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front.

It is without a monogram or removal and in outstanding condition. All aspects of the engraved design remain sharp and free... Click for details

Watson Figural "Bacchante" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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2667f   $135.00

Watson Figural
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The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Chocolate Muddler
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2666f   $95.00

Old International
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An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

It has an upturned handle end, a 1 1/2" round bowl that retains a residue of its original gold wash, and is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield emblem of International, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Without a monogram or removal, it is in superb condition. Pattern detail, with its stippled margins, remains sharp... Click for details

John Hay, Edinburgh 1828, "Kings" Sterling Serving Spoon
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2663f   $70.00

John Hay, Edinburgh 1828,
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At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

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Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Pea or Ice Spoon
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2659f   $225.00

Gorham
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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Soup Ladle, Old and Heavy
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2658f   $325.00

Towle
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A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which... Click for details

Old Durgin "Colfax" Sterling Silver Salad Fork
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2657f   $29.00

Old Durgin
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Stylistically related to Durgin's well-received "Fairfax," "Colfax" was introduced some twelve years later and also established itself as a highly regarded pattern.

The backsides of the two designs mirror each other, while the front of "Colfax" adds an egg and dart margin and delicate central embellishment.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., individual salad fork. An early piece, it is stamped with the Durgin "D" on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

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Alvin "Majestic" Sterling Silver Almond Scoop, Birmingham, Alabama
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2653f   $65.00

Alvin
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A multi-motif design that incorporates various flowers on different pieces of the line, Alvin's "Majestic" dates from 1900. It is decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, apropos of the period.

This example is a 6 1/16" long, relatively weighty, 1.1 T. oz., almond scoop.

The flower is "buttercup," which is gracefully arrayed on both the front and back sides of the handle. The pattern shows fine die work and finish, and is set in high, sculptural-like, relief.

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Gorham "Pointed Antique" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Old & Rare
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2647f   $115.00

Gorham
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A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl,... Click for details

Paye & Baker "Pond Lily" Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoon
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2645f   $36.00

Paye & Baker
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One of numerous, and quite artfully designed, Art Nouveau patterns that Paye & Baker produced circa 1900, "Pond Lily" represents a naturalistic interpretation of this graceful flower.

This example is a rarely found, 7 1/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., iced tea or lemonade spoon.

It has a long, slender handle attached to a soft, matte gold washed bowl that is embossed with a blossom that is akin to the main pattern.

This is without a monogram and in mint condition. Pattern detail... Click for details

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