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Blackinton "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Spoon
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2877f   $65.00

Blackinton
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An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold... Click for details

Pastry server by Potter Mellen, Cleveland, c. 1940
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5281   $360.00

Pastry server by Potter Mellen, Cleveland, c. 1940
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Blade turns up, undulating shape at top edge. Downturned fiddle handle. Blade and handle are separate (soldered). Length 9-1/2". Blade length 3-7/8". Blade width 3-1/2". Weight just under 4 troy ounces. The monogram is a script OMD lengthwise. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Frank Smith "Oak" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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2870f   $60.00

Frank Smith
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Shell Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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2865f   $145.00

Gorham
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This 8 11/16" long, 2.0 T. oz., likely berry serving spoon, is an early example in the line, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co," which saw time-bound use. It is also stamped "Patent... Click for details

Six Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cocktail Forks
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2864f   $150.00

Six Alvin
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These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set... Click for details

Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
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2862f   $265.00

Large Whiting
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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is... Click for details

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Exceptional Watson "Little Bo Beep" Sterling Silver Figural Teaspoon
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2860f   $44.00

Exceptional Watson
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Bucket Style Cream Ladle
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2859f   $150.00

Gorham
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case... Click for details

Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Gold Bowl Gravy Ladle
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2858f   $95.00

Gorham
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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2856f   $65.00

Old International
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Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled... Click for details

James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
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2855f   $150.00

James Robinson, London,
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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
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2851f   $52.00

Whiting
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2844f   $56.00

Whiting
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight... Click for details

Gorham "Meadow" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
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2837f   $75.00

Gorham
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A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. Design... Click for details

Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00

Wood and Hughes
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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
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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

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