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Fancy Sterling Silver Bright Cut Master Butter Knife c. 1870
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this solid silver master butter knife has a rounded handle end and scalloped edge blade.

It is a stylish item, showing elegant bright cut engraved scroll, leaf, and flower designs on both the blade and handle fronts. The margins of the handle have diamond notching and line detailing.

The arched where the handle and blade join is something of a chiseled or pedimented, sturdy, form, which is both visually enhancing and structurally... Click for details

Franklin Porter shot glass & cocktail strainer
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2294   $250.00


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height 1 7/8 and 2 1/4 inches respectively; gross Troy weight 5.1 ounces, no monogram, excellent condition although the ebony (or teak?) handle is a bit wobbly in place.

Porter was a highly talented silversmith, but his work is inconsistent and sometimes sloppy. These items showcase his skills at their best. The solder joints are subtle and superbly executed, the hammering is uniform and attractive, the piercings are symmetrical.

You'll enjoy having these items on your bar, and... Click for details

Gorham "Mythologique" Sterling Silver Olive Spoon, Old & Original
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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A fully authentic, that is not made up, early example of one of Gorham's most storied patterns that features twenty-four different ancient classical subjects, "Mythologique" was one of remarkable lines produced by the renowned designer Antoine Heller.

Made in two versions, this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., olive spoon is the more elaborate one, with a beaded border backside (engraved "HCE" in script) on an upturned handle, and with a face on the reverse side heel of the bowl.

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Georgian Sterling Silver Old English Pattern Sugar Tongs, London, 1800
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180116-02   Sold


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Offered is a nice pair of English silver sugar tongs dating to 1800 and bearing a maker's mark of IE, perhaps for John Edington or perhaps someone else. In any event, not one of the large, prolific firms like Chawner & Co. or the Bateman family, but rather a lesser-known, probably specialist maker. These tongs are in a plain Old English Pattern form, with a simple, Scottish-style (lacking feathering) engraved script monogram. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about... Click for details

Carrington & Co. Large Sterling Anointing aka Coronation Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3388f   $165.00


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This piece is about as large an example of the form as was made. It measures 9 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.

Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co. (John Bodman Carrington), which Jackson's... Click for details

Bright Cut Shell Bowl Victorian Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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This 4 1/8" long, .3 T. oz., master salt spoon reflects sophisticated design sensibilities.

Dating circa 1870, just post the coin silver period, it is marked only "Sterling," with no maker's identification, although much about it suggests Philadelphia as a place of origin.

The flat handle has a cut, fan or anthemion like shape, broad end. This is extensively bright cut with stippling and wriggle work borders. The backside shows only wriggle work, but has an artful "S&A" period... Click for details

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Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Two Twisted Handle Sterling Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3384f   $95.00


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Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups.

They have front and back, gold washed, trident tines, that are sinuous,... Click for details

Knowels "Apollo" Sterling Silver Horseradish aka Honey Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3382f   $46.00


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Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish.

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Lovely Scottish Silver Bottle Ticket or Decanter Label c1790 - MADEIRA
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180112-01   $67.50


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Offered is a very good and scarce 18th Century Scottish silver decanter label or bottle ticket, engraved for Madeira, by William and Patrick Cunningham of Edinburgh, circa 1790. As with some of these small pieces, this bottle ticket bears only the Cunningham's earlier maker's mark of WPC in a rectangular punch. This piece measures about 1 3/4 inches across and weighs about 9 grams. It is in good antique condition, with no splits or repairs. All in all a lovely and useful item, and nice to... Click for details

Whiting No. 1469A Swing Handle Acid Etched Sterling Silver Basket
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3381f   $125.00


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Likely dating from the 1880s, this 4 1/2" wide, 2" high to the rim, 4" to the top of the swing handle, 2.4 T. oz., basket, shows Aesthetic design influences.

The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.

There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body. Acid etching is a technique that produces a more textured surface than simple... Click for details

Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3380f   $24.00


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Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm... Click for details

Durgin FAIRFAX pea spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2293   $350.00


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For our first listing of 2018, let's return to some good old fashioned pattern silver, a subject in which few folks seem to have any interest but we'll give it a shot because I'm a glutton for punishment and thrive on rejection.

Retailed by Boston's own late lamented and very elegant Bigelow Kennard, this implement is 8 5/8 inches long, weighs 2.76 Troy ounces, has no monogram and is in excellent condition. If memory serves me correctly, this is the first pea spoon we've ever offered in... Click for details

George Fox, London 1864, Sterling Silver Mustard Pot
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3377f   $165.00


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Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

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Crested English Sterling Silver Menu Holder - Scarce and Attractive!
Silver : Sterling

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20180107-09   Sold


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Offered is a lovely and scarce crested English sterling silver menu holder, hallmarked for Birmingham, 1907, with a maker's mark of GN over RH for the firm of Nathan & Hayes. The armorial on this piece is of a unicorn. This menu holder clasps the menu between front, with the armorial, and a support behind it. It has a hidden mild spring action that still works quite well! This piece measures about 3 5/8 inches wide by 2 inches tall, and weighs about 39 grams. Condition is good, with no... Click for details

J.F. Fradley & Co. Solid Sterling Large Page Turner aka Paper Cutter
Silver : Sterling

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3376f   $90.00


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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condition. There are... Click for details

Polhhamus "Ionic" Sterling Silver Place Spoon Retailed by Tiffany & Co
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3374f   $34.00


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One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both... Click for details

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