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Whiting "Berry" Round Bowl Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3737f   $65.00


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Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains... Click for details

Tiffany "Clinton Engraved" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork with Spur
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3733f   $85.00


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A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and... Click for details

Whiting "Persian" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon with Large Fluted Bowl
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3732f   $155.00


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A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim. The interior is engraved in a stylized... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3729f   This item is currently being auctioned


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3726f   $315.00


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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the... Click for details

Reed & Barton sterling christening cup
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2376   $175.00


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height just shy of 3 1/2 inches, weight 5.19 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

Though there is a slight condition issue (minor dent just above base; see fourth photo), the quality of repousée chasing throughout this piece is exceptional. All detail is perfectly preserved, even the delicate hammer marks left by the silversmith's tools.

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Gorham "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoon x 3
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3714f   $32.00


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Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the... Click for details

8 Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Individual Butter Spreaders
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3712f   $225.00


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A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes.

While the fronts have never been monogrammed, and the backsides are... Click for details

Gould, Stowell & Ward, Baltimore, "Grape" 11-12 Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3711f   $165.00


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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background... Click for details

6 Victorian sterling FIDDLE dinner forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2373   $420.00


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length 8 1/4 inches, weight 2.45 Troy ounces each, excellent condition, no monogram, maker James & Josiah Williams, Exeter, 1860.

These are of exceptional quality, weight and condition.

Knowles "Angelo" Six Exceptionally Heavy Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3707f   $295.00


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Full size dinner, measuring 7 3/4" long, these six, matched, forks are remarkably heavy at 15.7 T. oz. the group, or approximately 2.6 T. oz. each.

In the "Angelo" pattern dating from 1910, they were made by the J.B. & S.M. Knowles company of Providence, Rhode Island, and retailed by "A. Frankfield" of New York City, and so marked, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

Each one is engraved "Zorah" in script, set sideways on the handle.

They are in superb estate condition, showing no wear... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Reine" Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3703f   $44.00


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Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this serving, i.e. large table, spoon traces to the end of the 19th century.

The pattern, "La Reine," was made by Reed & Barton and first issued in 1893.

It incorporates a high relief, leaf and scroll motif, which apropos of the name, exhibits a French design influence.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, with the only signs of use being light surface scratches consistent with age. The bowl remains well-shaped... Click for details

Gorham "Fleury" Solid Sterling Silver Large Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3702f   $90.00


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Dating from early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Fleury" is a subdued Art Nouveau pattern that features small poppy blossoms set against a leaf and scroll border.

Delicate in portraiture, the design resembles the company's "Buttercup" as well as Watson's "Meadow Rose," both from the same general period.

This example is a large, 8" long, heavy at 2.1 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

An early piece, this has decorated shoulders on the 3" diameter, reticulated blade. This detail appears... Click for details

Graf & Niemann "Louis XV" Sterling Earl Patent Fork for Young Children
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3700dd   $48.00


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Devised in 1900 by the Graf Niemann Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "Earl Patent Fork" was an adaptation of a standard youth implement.

This example is based on a 5 7/16" long, just over .6 T. oz., fork in Whiting's "Louis XV" pattern. It is fitted with a finger slot (with trim matching the pattern) on the back, intended to direct the way the child would hold the piece.

Clearly novel, and perhaps widely embraced, as a Google search turns up contemporaneous advertisements appearing... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2371   $125.00


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also known as "man in the moon," and "North wind," but whatever you call it this Charles Osborne design is certainly one of the most enchanting pieces of children's silverware ever created.

Length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.67 Troy ounces, engraved on reverse of bowl "Edna from Louise '92", excellent original condition with only the slightest loss of gilding to high points. This item is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Whiting No. 26 "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Youth Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3690f   $78.00


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Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on... Click for details

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