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International "Frontenac" (Lily) Sterling Silver Original Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4476f   $115.00


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An early example of International's Art Nouveau lily motif "Frontenac," this 6 7/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., cheese scoop is marked with the company's Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

This is a fully original, i.e. not "made up" (generally from a spoon), early production, example of this line introduced in 1903.

The handle end is upturned, while the reserve area on the front is engraved in a flowing script "EMT" monogram.

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Towle "No. 34" Small Sterling Silver Aesthetic Pierced Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4475f   $36.00


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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just over .5 T. oz., this item could be a small sugar sifter or a long-handled bon bon.

It was made by Towle, whose "lion in a T" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the handle reverse, along with "34," by which this otherwise unnamed, late 19th century, pattern is identified.

The handle is long, slender, tapered, and has a raised, wispy, scroll and leaf design front and back sides, which in composition appears to be informed by Aesthetic design... Click for details

Nice Set of 4 Decorated Scottish Sterling Silver Spoons, Glasgow 1891
Silver : Sterling

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20211117-06   $47.50


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Offered is an interesting set of four 19th Century Scottish sterling silver tea or coffee spoons embossed or decorated with what appears to be a grape vine motif, fully hallmarked for a maker of T&Co., and Glasgow, 1891. These spoons measure about 4 7/8 inches in length, and the set weighs about 57 grams altogether. Condition ranges from good to fair, with some two spoons in basically good condition with modest wear, and two having bowls out of round or slightly dimpled. It's still worth... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Large Solid Sterling Sterling Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4474f   $245.00


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Of substantial scale, this all silver item measures 7 3/4" long and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

Ice tongs (which could readily be used for salad), they have a 1 1/2" diameter embossed bowl with scalloped edges at the end of one arm, and a cut leaf shaped grip on the other.

The arch is wide, 1" across, and reinforced for strength, and without a monogram or inscription.

The pattern is "Dresden," dating from the late 19th century. It incorporates an array of raised, finely rendered, perhaps... Click for details

A.E.B. Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Early 19th Century Footed Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4473f   $240.00


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Standing 4 1/2" tall overall on a splayed, 2 1/2" high, pedestal foot that is 3" across on the bottom, and with a bowl measuring 4 1/2" across, this solid silver piece weighs 7.2 T. oz.

Designed and executed in an Arts & Crafts manner, and likely dating from the early 20th century, it appears to be hand formed, showing, for example, distinct hammering marks on the underside of the foot that carry through very subtly to the exterior surface.

The bowl, which somewhat resembles an urn or pot,... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon with Gold Wash Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4472f   $95.00


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This 9" long, 2.7 T. oz., berry spoon is marked with Whiting's "lion and W" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

The pattern is "Louis XV" which features heavy scroll detailing on the handle margins and shoulders of the large, 3 3/4" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, bowl, which is finished in a satin matte gold wash on the interior.

The handle is inscribed with an Old English "C" monogram.

In choice estate condition, this is without evident wear or damage and has a bright overall finish. The bowl... Click for details

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Taxco Uxmal Modernist Sterling Silver Sauce or Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4471f   $85.00


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Measuring 6 1/2" long and weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz., this ladle has a round, 1 3/4" diameter, 3/4" deep, double spouted bowl.

It is stamped "Sterling" over "Taxco," for the Mexican silversmithing center, and "Uxmal," who were apparently a multi-generational family of crafters.

Modernist in style, and likely dating sometime from the middle of the 20th century, it has a plain band, tapered handle that folds over on the end and is twisted in a ribbon like manner on the front.

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Ball, Black & Co. "LeCordon" Sterling Silver Punch Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4470f   $325.00


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Dating from 1850, "Le Cordon" was a pattern produced by Whiting, although the design did not originate with that company.

This 13 3/4", 4.9 T. oz., punch ladle is an early, pre-Whiting, example. It is marked "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent New York City firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is a knot design, ending with a bow on the handle front. The pattern repeats on the handle reverse, with the inclusion of a shield reserve set below the knot. The bow is replaced with trailing ends.... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Pastry or Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4469f   On Hold


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In his benchmark work, Silver Medallion Flatware, 1988, D. Albert Soeffing offers an extensive essay detailing his research into the maker of this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., fork, and its "Medallion" image, previously without firm attribution.

His inquiry conclusively identified the "H&S" mark on this as that of Hotchkiss & Scheuder, Syracuse, New York, and the male figure with flowing hair as a young Dionysus.

The pattern was made in both coin and sterling silver, with this stamped... Click for details

Whiting "Arabesque" Solid Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4468f   On Hold


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This 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.7 T. oz., pie or pastry server is stamped with the "lion and W" manufacturing mark of the Whiting Company, "Sterling," "Pat. 1875," a "C" and "6, and the name of the retailer, "Clark.Sawyer & Co.," Worcester, Massachusetts.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is rooted in Moorish design and was one of the most successful such American designs produced during the 1870s Renaissance Revival period. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly-Duchess" Sterling Silver Butter or Tidbit Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4467f   $145.00


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Measuring 6 1/4" in diameter and weighing 3.3 T. oz., this solid silver butter plate aka tidbit tray is characterized by its pair of applied arms or rests intended to accommodate a knife or other implement.

Fully original, it was made by Gorham, whose name, "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "748" are stamped on the underside edge.

The pattern is "Chantilly-Duchess," which was Gorham's appellation for the holloware line that matched its "Chantilly" flatware.

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George Adams "Thread" 1849 Crested Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4464f   $46.00


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An 1840 successor to Chawner & Co., George Adams was one of the most significant silversmiths of Victorian England.

This 4 1/2" long, weighty at .8 T. oz., master salt spoon bears his "GA" mark, along with a "lion" for sterling, a date letter for 1849-50, a "leopard head" for London, and a "queen's head" duty mark.

The pattern is a double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle, "Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," which in this instance is engraved with a rampant lion crest on... Click for details

Wood & Hughes 1868 Flat Handle Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4463f   $48.00


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This 7 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter, sometimes identified as a fish, knife was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent," "1868," and the name of the retailer, "W.M. Savage," Columbus, Ohio, appear on the blade backside.

The pattern is unnamed, but is essentially an unembellished version of the company's 1875 Renaissance Revival "Angelo," with an engraved script "H.B.L." monogram in the place where the Moorish detail of "Angelo" otherwise appears.

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Gorham "Royal Oak" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4462f   $68.00


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Issued in 1904, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern is a faithful representation of oak leaves and acorns interpreted in a relaxed, naturalistic, manner that reflects the Art Nouveau sensibilities of its period.

This example of the line is a 4 3/8" long, .9 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs with highly articulated talon form grips.

The reserve area on one of the arms is engraved with a delicate, leaf script, "SC" monogram.

In superb condition, these are free of wear, bends, or damage, and have a... Click for details

Gorham Matched Pair 1871 Sterling Silver Footed Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4461f   $100.00


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Marked with model number "1110," Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a "D" date letter for 1871, each of these two matching open salts stands 1 3/4" high, with the pair weighing just over 2.7 T. oz. combined.

They are cauldron shaped, stand on 1 5/8" diameter tiered bases and have applied rims on the top openings which are 1 3/4" across.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, they remain in good condition. They sit evenly and are without dents or bends, noting a single dimple on... Click for details

Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Original Sterling Silver Large Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4459f   $215.00


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A large, 9 1/4" long, and robust, approximately 3.8 T. oz., item, this berry spoon is an early example of Alvin's 1905 Art Nouveau "Old Orange Blossom" pattern, informally known as "OOB."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones and reproductions by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. In addition, the handle is up-tipped, while later made pieces had flat handle ends.

Additionally, the marks, Alvin's three part emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," are finely rendered and a... Click for details

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