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Dominick & Haff "Trianon Pierced" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
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3048f   $35.00


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A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains... Click for details

Wallace "Peony" Art Nouveau Intaglio Sterling Silver Meat Fork
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3039f   $110.00


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Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is an 8 1/4" long, and consistent with the line, weighty at nearly 2.8 T. oz., medium sized cold meat fork. The serving end has four straight tines.

The handle is inscribed with a feathered script "M"... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Baby Fork
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3037f   $32.00


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Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

Alvin "Nuremburg" Figural Sterling Silver Butter Pick
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3035f   $48.00


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Patented in 1903, "Nuremburg" appears to have borrowed some of the body of skills that generated such other enduring Alvin Art Nouveau designs as "Raphael," and "Old Orange Blossom," but takes those elements in a different direction.

The central feature of the pattern is a satyr's face that occupies the portion just below the reserve located on the slightly upturned end of the handle. Such imagery may be connected to 16th sculpture subjects associated with this German city.

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Wong Shing Chinese Export 19th Century Sterling Silver Spoon
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3034f   $60.00


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This spoon measures an unusual 7 7/8" long and is weighty at 2.1 T. oz.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to one source, and 1820-60 by another source.

Silver standards vary for Export silver, but it broadly conforms to sterling.

Export is generally derivative of English design, and that is true for this which is Georgian in manner, with a down-turned, reverse tipt end, and... Click for details

Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Old & Original
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3029f   $55.00


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Measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing just under 1.2 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

It is marked on the handle reverse with the Whiting lion logo, an Old English "O," "Sterling," and on the heel of the bowl "PAT. 1902" and "R'G 1902," all in fine lettering as an old piece would show.

The nearly round, scalloped edge, scrolled interior, bowl extends 1 3/4" back to front and 1 1/2" across and has a subtle satin finish.

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Lovely Pair of Georgian English Sterling Cast-Arm Sugar Tongs Ca. 1775
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20170306-03   $47.50


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Offered is an excellent 18th Century English silver pair of cast sugar tongs bearing the maker's mark B*M for Benjamin Mordecai/Benjamin Montigue, working in London circa 1770 and later. This pair of tongs should date to about 1775 based on style. This piece is in excellent condition with no evidence of splits or repairs and with a good surface and marks. It measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. There is no armorial or monogram in the engraved reserve at the bow,... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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3026f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" 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 representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Knife
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3025f   $46.00


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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This item is a 7 3/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.8 T. oz., individual fish knife.

It is an early production piece, as indicated by the "1892" inscription on the handle backside. This is the same year the pattern was introduced.

The handle front has a flowing "MJC" monogram.

It is solid silver, including the flat blade with a scrolled upper edge.

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Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork Combination 1881
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3024f   $175.00


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A form that was popular in the mid 19th century, and then revived in the 1880s during the Aesthetic period, this olive spoon and fork configuration generally follows along certain design conventions.

Examples are lengthy, as is this 9 15/16" inch, .8 T. oz., piece, and have the spoon and fork situated on either end of a slender shank.

Within this framework there is great variation.

This item has a twist handle with a central, faceted, three dimensional, stretched diamond, element,... Click for details

A. F. Towle "Greenfield" 12 Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoons
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3021f   $200.00


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Introduced in 1890, "Greenfield" is a multi-motif, scroll design that appears to draw upon Aesthetic sensibilities.

Produced by A. F. Towle & Sons, the pattern was continued in production by its successor company, Lunt.

This rarely found group of twelve, matching, ice cream, or in today's parlance, sorbet, spoons all measure 5 1/4" long and have lightly inscribed "D" monograms on the fronts. Individually they have a somewhat light feel, but the group together actually weighs a... Click for details

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908, "MF" Maker
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3015f   $95.00


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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry,... Click for details

Whiting "King Edward" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Shell Bowl
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3013f   $48.00


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Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Sterling Silver Pierced Bon Bon
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3003f   $42.00


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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

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Tiffany "Tiffany," aka "Beekman," Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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3002f   $135.00


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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company began manufacturing its own lines, "Tiffany" was also the firm's namesake design. It was later reissued with very slight modification under the name "Beekman," and is commonly recognized as that today.

There is another subtlety to the design that is evident on this example which is a 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.4 T. oz., gravy ladle.

Writing in "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes that the antefix (the anthemion design on the... Click for details

Towle "Pomona" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Fruit & Cornucopia
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2999f   On Hold


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Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain... Click for details

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