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Original "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Salad Servers
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2224f   On Hold

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In a marketplace replete with reproductions and reissued examples, a matched pair of original, early 20th century, serving pieces such as these in "Old Orange Blossoms" stand out.

This salad serving spoon and fork are dated "1905" on the backside, the year "OOB" was introduced. Other marks include the Alvin emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent," in fine, precise lettering exactly as it should be on early pieces.

The spoon measures 9 3/16" long, while the fork is 9 1/4". The spoon weighs... Click for details

Tuttle "Windsor Castle" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2223f   $75

Tuttle
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"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded... Click for details

Gorham 1890 "Repousse" Sterling Silver Vase
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2219f   $210

Gorham 1890
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Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The... Click for details

Old, Mint Estate, Frank Smith "Lion" Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2215f   $65

Old, Mint Estate, Frank Smith
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Originally produced in 1903, Frank Smith's "Lion" has been reissued in recent years. There are enough differences between the two periods, though, that they are essentially distinct patterns.

The short of it is that the earlier production evidences far more detail and clarity of design than latter pieces.

These distinctions are evident on this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. Quick distinctions can be seen in the backside, torso area of the lion. On older items this area... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Splendide" Sterling Asparagus Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2214f   $235

Reed & Barton
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A fully original, old piece, this asparagus server is solid silver and not a combination of stainless with sterling as newer examples are.

The pattern is is Reed & Barton's "La Splendide" dating from 1902. The high relief design reflects the freedom of form characteristic of Art Nouveau, which was the dominant style mode of the period.

Typical of R&B items in this era, this is robust, measuring 10" long overall and weighing 4.1 T. oz.

It has a flat blade serving end that is... Click for details

Small, Footed, English Sterling Bowl With Lion's Heads
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2213f   On Hold

Small, Footed, English Sterling Bowl With Lion's Heads
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Standing 2 5/16" high, with a top diameter of 3", having a pedestal base 2" across, and weighing 2.6 T. oz., this piece was made by Turner & Simpson of Birmingham, England. It is stamped "T&S," an anchor city emblem, a lion for sterling silver, and a date letter which is rubbed beyond clear definition, but the company has a registry mark for 1912 and this is in that date area.

The base is tiered and the bowl edge has an applied rim. The body is plain save for two cast and applied lion's... Click for details

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Gorham "Japanese" Aesthetic Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2212f   On Hold

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Gorham utilized a variety of figural imagery on its 1870 "Japanese" line of flatware. All drew upon Asian or pseudo-Asian design motifs and incorporated numerous details to suggest that association.

This 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., berry spoon portrays a bird and dragonfly as primary figures, and is one of the several main themes employed by Gorham. Other elements in the composition include bamboo and even pseudo language characters. The background is stippled and some areas of... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Pickle or Pastry Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2211f   $55

Gorham
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Dating from the 1860s, "Ivy," aka "Egyptian Ivy," was one of Gorham's earliest full line patterns and has proven enduringly popular.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., pickle or pastry fork. The one form mirrored the other in this period, with pickle forks being the older.

It has three tines, the lower one of which is wider than the other two, and with a hooked tip. The bowl is slightly cupped and has scalloped shoulders.

The backside of the handle is plain,... Click for details

Impressive English Georgian Sterling Platter Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2210f   $235

Impressive English Georgian Sterling Platter Spoon
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By definition platter or stuffing spoons are large items, and that is the case with this 12" long, sterling silver, example that is fully marked for Jonathan Hayne, London, 1821.

Beyond its length, this impresses with how substantial it is. It weighs a hefty 5.0 T. oz., which generosity of material shows in the thickness and resultant sense of robustness of all elements of the item.

The down turned, reverse tipt handle has a noticeably beveled margin along the entire perimeter, and a... Click for details

Alvin "Raleigh" Large, Pierced Sterling Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2209f   $110

Alvin
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Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

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4 pc. tea & coffee service by Arthur Stone
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5155   $4,600

4 pc. tea & coffee service by Arthur Stone
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Teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl with cover, creamer. Journeymen H, U, and C. Elliptical, verticql ribbing on base and bodies and on neck of coffee pot. Hinged lid on pots. Urn finials on all but creamer. Height of coffee pot 11-1/2", teapot 8-3/4", sugar (with lid) 6", creamer 6". Maximum horizontal dimension of coffee pot 8-3/4", teapot 10-1/2", sugar bowl 7", creamer 5-3/8". Total weight 76.3 troy ounces. Capacity of pots 2 pints each.

Boatswain's whistle by Wood & Hughes
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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5153   $250

Boatswain's whistle by Wood & Hughes
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With woven lanyard. Marked incuse W&H STERLING. Length 5-1/2" Weight 9 dwt. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Davis & Galt "Kings" Shell Bowl Sterling Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2206f   $45

Davis & Galt
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Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop... Click for details

Gorham Repousse Sterling Handle Whiskbroom
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2204f   $95

Gorham Repousse Sterling Handle Whiskbroom
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Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was made... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "Viola" Sterling Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2203f   $35

Pair Wood & Hughes
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An 1875 design that is more Gothic Revival in sensibility than the then dominant Renaissance Revival style, Wood & Hughes' "Viola" is nonetheless very much a period pattern.

This offering is a matched pair of master salt spoons. Each one is 3 3/4" long and the two together weigh just over .5 T. oz. Both have an Old English "D" monogram.

They are in excellent condition, with clear pattern detail, and well-shaped bowls free of nicks, dents, or burrs. The finishes are pleasing.

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Decorative Gorham Silver Gilt Lemonade Straw
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2202f   $55

Decorative Gorham Silver Gilt Lemonade Straw
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Identified as a "lemonade spoon" in the 1904 Gorham catalog (see image 2), this 6 3/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item is essentially a sterling sipping straw with pierced bowl end. It is model number "1445H," as stamped on the backside. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1905.

This is considerably more elaborate and sophisticated than later, production oriented, examples of this form. The bowl incorporates an... Click for details

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