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Gorham "Versailles" 1888 Version Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2735f   $60.00

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One of Gorham's most heralded patterns, Gorham's "Versailles" is an ebullient figural design that speaks well in grand scale.

This 6" long, weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., youth fork is evidence that it also presents well, even charmingly, in small scale. It features two cherubs resting languidly up against one another.

The backside is inscribed with the name of the original recipient, "Benita," and what is presumably her birth date, "Aug. 21, '98."

It remains in excellent... Click for details

Gorham "Solace" Sterling Advertising Tobacco Box
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2734f   $250.00

Gorham
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Produced by Gorham in 1891 according to the date emblem stamped on the interior, this tobacco box (sometimes identified as snuff) was a promotional item offered with the "Compliments of John Anderson & Co."

A history of this New York City firm can readily be found on the internet. See image two for a facsimile of an 1859 newspaper ad for this company. The print notes a proprietary brand "Solace," and indeed that word appears appears on the lid of this item in stylized, raised, lettering. ... Click for details

Gorham Egyptian Revival "Isis" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2733f   $245.00

Gorham Egyptian Revival
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long,... Click for details

Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Large Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2732f   $58.00

Towle
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the... Click for details

Wendt "Bird" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2730f   $110.00

Wendt
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Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2218   $850.00

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.

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Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" 5 O'Clock Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2728f   $42.00

Whiting
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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

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2727f   $235.00

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
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The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web... Click for details

Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2217   Sold

Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy
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awarded to the Schooner Marguerite, the undulating rim comprising twelve cast and applied foliate scrolled panels, the cast circular foot with waves, flowers and foliage, top diameter 11 1/2; base and height each six inches, weight 53.74 Troy ounces, a few very minor dents but excellent overall condition, richly gilt interior, engraved "Annual Regatta / on the 25th Anniversary of the / Eastern Yacht Club / July 17th 1895 / First Prize / Won by / Schooner Marguerite"

Marguerite was... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Acid Etched Sterling Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2726f   $275.00

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

12 Matched Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, Twist Handle Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2725f   On Hold

12 Matched Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, Twist Handle Sterling Spoons
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Each of these twelve, circa 1865, spoons measures 5 11/16" long, while the group weighs 6.2 T. oz.

Appearing to be teaspoons, they exhibit a delicacy that suggests they might have been intended for ice cream.

Marked "Bailey & Co." and with that firm's "lion, S, shield" hallmark denoting sterling. There is a second, larger lion guardant imprint, which Catherine Hollan in her recent work "Philadelphia Silversmiths," identifies as George Sharp's, who was a major supplier to Bailey. ... Click for details

Watson "Orleans" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2724f   On Hold

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

Uncommon Gorham "Newcastle" Sterling Silver Fruit Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2723f   $45.00

Uncommon Gorham
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Measuring 6 1/8" long and relatively heavy at just over .9 T. oz., this fruit fork is a rarely found form.

It has four lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed while the inner two are straight and joined by a crossbar.

The pattern is Gorham's "Newcastle," which is a beaded design dating from 1895. This example is inscribed with a fancy script "NAM" on the front and on the back "from M.L.T.C. 4.14.1904" so is early production in the line.

It is in flawless condition showing... Click for details

Small Krider & Biddle, Philadelphia, Sterling Ewer Form Footed Pitcher
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2722f   $70.00

Small Krider & Biddle, Philadelphia, Sterling Ewer Form Footed Pitcher
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A charmingly diminutive item, this circa 1870 pitcher stands 4 1/2" tall to the highest point of the handle, sits on a footed base that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz.

It is marked with the "K B and crossed tools" symbol of Philadelphia's Krider & Biddle, and also stamped "Sterling" and with the item number "486," all on the underside of the base.

It is ewer-shaped, presenting in a lofty manner and having a relatively broad spout. The scroll shaped handle is... Click for details

Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160508-01   On Hold

Pair of Scottish Georgian Silver Toddy Ladles by William Constable
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Offered is a good pair of antique Georgian Scottish sterling silver toddy ladles by Edinburgh silversmith William Constable. These ladles were assayed in Edinburgh circa 1822 and bear corresponding hallmarks. Each ladle also has an engraved period script monogram. These ladles measure about six inches in length and the pair weighs about 48 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, though one ladle has a very slight waviness in the handle (see picture). There are no splits or repairs. ... Click for details

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