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Tiffany VINE asparagus tongs
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2233   $1,250.00

Tiffany VINE asparagus tongs
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length 7 1/2 inches, weight 6.56 Troy ounces, monogrammed script "P," one small pinprick dent as shown in enlargement two but very fine overall condition.

Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...

12 Matching Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Chocolate Spoons
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2934f   This item is currently being auctioned

12 Matching Towle
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All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.

The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Food Scraper, Original & Rare
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2931f   $45.00

Towle
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At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the... Click for details

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "Kings" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Knife
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2928f   $65.00

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia,
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Measuring 7 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this fish knife is stamped "Sterling" and "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.

The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."

It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely... Click for details

Pair of tablespoons by Porter Blanchard
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5288   $160.00

Pair of tablespoons by Porter Blanchard
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Lotus pattern? Length 8-5/8". Weight 2.1 troy ounces each. The monogram is a block W/I P. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

International Sterling Silver "Cloeta" (Grape) Ideal Olive Spoon
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2924f   $95.00

International Sterling Silver
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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a... Click for details

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Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Bon Bon or Nut Spoon
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2913f   $42.00

Whiting
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Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

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

"Onslow" Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
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2908f   $34.00


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An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.

The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is... Click for details

Six Matching Whiting "Antique Engraved" Sterling Silver Place Forks
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2907f   $165.00

Six Matching Whiting
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As did other makers, Whiting produced a number of diverse engraved patterns in the 1880s. These are largely unnamed and not even fully catalogued, although they are commonly executed on an "Antique," upturned handle, pattern, with a "Reverse Tipt" end.

This set of six, matching, 6 7/8" long, weighty at 7.4 T. oz. the set, tea or dessert forks are exceptionally fine examples of this mode, and in immaculate condition.

The design is comprised of stylized bright cut leaves and blossoms... Click for details

Rare Wendt "Florentine" Sterling Silver Pudding Serving Spoon
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2905f   $235.00

Rare Wendt
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Dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is an intricately detailed and finely rendered, Renaissance Revival, design.

This 10 1/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., item is a rare form, likely pudding, serving spoon.

It has a symmetrical, 4 3/4" long by 2 1/4" at the widest, oval blade or bowl with a slightly scooped interior. This has a deep, bronze colored, gold finish front and backsides, and delicate, stylized leaf and blossom engraving at the tip. There is a feathered script, possibly "JDQ,"... Click for details

Durgin "Dauphin" Sterling Silver Large Bowl Gumbo Spoon
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2904f   $95.00

Durgin
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The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Unique" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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2903f   $36.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Several sources identify this pattern as "Unique," made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, New York.

Operating under various names from the mid to late 1800s, the "H&S" mark, along with "Sterling," imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

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Whiting "Grecian" Ram's Head Sterling Silver Place Spoon
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2900mt   $46.00

Whiting
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A pattern originated by Henry Hebbard, a major name among mid 19th century, New York City, silver manufacturers, "Grecian" eventually became a stable among Whiting's full line offerings.

This example is a 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T.oz., dessert or oval soup, place spoon. It was made by Whiting, whose lion emblem, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat 1862," appear on the backside.

The design incorporates three defining elements, all of which are derivative of the name. The dominant... Click for details

Early Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
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2891f   $65.00

Early Alvin
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Measuring 6" long and weighing just scant of 1.0 T. oz., this four tine item is a pastry fork.

It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."

It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.

The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly... Click for details

Whiting Mid 19th Century "Calla Lily" Sterling Serving Spoon
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2888f   $475.00

Whiting Mid 19th Century
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Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was... Click for details

Original Durgin "Dauphin" Sterling Silver Bon Bon or Nut Spoon
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2885f   On Hold

Original Durgin
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An early example of Durgin's "Dauphin" pattern, this piece measures 5 1/4" long and has a shallow, flange rim, round bowl server that is 2 1/4" in diameter. It is identified as a nut spoon or bon bon.

It was retailed by New York's "Black, Starr & Frost," as indicated by the "B.S. & F." imprinted on the edge of the handle, near to the word "Sterling."

The backside of the handle has a line script "AH" monogram.

It is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a... Click for details

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