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Wallace "Irian" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Gumbo Spoon
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2785f   $40.00

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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8... Click for details

Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Youth Knife and Fork
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2780f   $85.00

Durgin
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One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6". Both pieces combined weigh just... Click for details

Large Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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2772f   $115.00

Large Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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This server follows after the form of an ice cream server, although some outsized for that at 10 1/2" long and weighing 2.7 T. oz.

Dating circa 1880, it has a slightly upturned, round end handle and a large, 5" by 3 1/16" at the widest, teardrop shaped serving end.

The entire front surface is extensively bright cut with wriggle work and hatched detailing. The theme of this is vegetative, expressed with an Aesthetic sensibility.

The imagery on the handle is largely leaves with two... Click for details

Watson, Newell & Co. "Cherub" Winged Figure Sterling Sugar Spoon
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2768f   $85.00

Watson, Newell & Co.
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A 6 1/8" long, slightly under 1.0 T. oz., piece, this item dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Cherub," by Watson, Newell & Co. It takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design embraces rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings. ... Click for details

Pair John Osborne, Dublin, Late 18th Century Sterling Teaspoons
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2763f   $55.00

Pair John Osborne, Dublin, Late 18th Century Sterling Teaspoons
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Measuring 5 1/4" long, and light at .7 T. oz. the pair, these matched spoons were likely intended more for coffee than tea.

They are a "Pointed Antique" design with engraved fronts, a slightly tipt backside, and exposed drops on the bowls. There are reserve areas that are without monograms or inscriptions.

Marks are a harp for Ireland, Hibernia for sterling silver, and a distinct, script "JO" for John Osborne, working in Dublin 1784-1809.

They are in good condition, noting some... Click for details

Superb Gorham "Rosette" Large Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
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2761f   $225.00

Superb Gorham
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One of Gorham's earliest patterns, dating from the 1860s, "Rosette" takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, placing it clearly in the Greek Revival style.

Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.

The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in... Click for details

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Old Tiffany "English King" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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2749f   $260.00

Old Tiffany
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An early example, this gravy ladle is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885," and "M," this last mark dating it no later than 1891.

The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.

It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.

Rare Duhme "Homeric" Hammered Sterling Silver Bon Bon
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2747f   $235.00

Rare Duhme
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An 1880s pattern characterized by irregular forms, hammered surfaces, and classical, as well as sometimes Aesthetic, imagery, "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" is strongly associated with George Shiebler.

This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.

One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.

Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric,"... Click for details

Whiting "Colonial Engraved A" Sterling Chocolate Muddler
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2736f   $65.00

Whiting
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An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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2218   $750.00

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.37 Troy ounces (each), monogrammed as shown, fine condition, scarce.

Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
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2729f   $90.00

Six Frank Smith
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Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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2728f   $42.00

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A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in 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.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Acid Etched Sterling Place Fork
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2726f   $145.00

Tiffany
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Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl... Click for details

Watson "Orleans" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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2724f   $34.00

Watson
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Dating from early in the 20th century, Watson's "Orleans" is an acid etched design with a decidedly French sensibility to it.

It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a... Click for details

Rare, Original Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Ideal Olive Spoon
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2720f   $125.00

Rare, Original Towle
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A specialized form, "ideal" olive spoons have open bowls with double pronged tips, which is precisely the style of this long, 8 1/8", 1.0 T. oz., example in Towle's "Old Colonial."

It is a fully original item, not made up or adapted from another piece.

Marked in a way consistent with this line, namely "925/1000," the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," this also has a second patent date, "Oct. 27, 1903." This probably relates to the specialized bowl. Lastly, it is stamped with... Click for details

Alvin "Edward VII" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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2718f   $135.00

Alvin
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A "noble" pattern both in theme and presentation, and not so readily found, Alvin's 1899 "Edward VII is nearly without peer in the realm of silver patterns. The design is singular. The only near match is Whiting's "Heraldic," while a weak equivalent is Baker-Manchester's "Spartan."

All three feature a knight's helmet at the handle end, which is also embellished with scrolling acanthus leaves. Alvin's is the most robust of the three iterations, as is evidenced by the scale of this serving... Click for details

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