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W&H "Zephyr" John Pippen, Mobile Alabama, Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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4286f   $115.00


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The 1870s produced an abundant flowering of appealing designs from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes, of which "Zephyr" is an early one, issued in 1870.

This 8 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon is a particularly fine example of the pattern, and a fine piece overall.

It is also an example of one of W&H's marketing relationships in the American South, as it is stamped "Pippen" for the Mobile, Alabama, jeweler John H. Pippen, 54 Dauphin Street.

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Gorham "Knickerbocker Etched" Sterling Silver Forks & Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4285f   Please see description for pricing.


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Basically an "Antique" form with a rounded, slightly upturned handle end, "Knickerbocker" was an early Gorham flatware line issued in 1870.

It is a relatively rare pattern that was produced to an elevated standard--of extra weight and exceptionally fine finishes--and was offered in two styles, "Plain" and "Etched."

Something of a legendary aura surrounds the pattern, with some thought the etched version was custom or made to order.

Available here are four place pieces, each acid etched... Click for details

International "Marcell" Sterling Silver Dessert or Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4284f   $38.00


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A late Art Nouveau design issued in 1907, International's "Marcell" is a design that incorporates a variety of blossoms and leaves arrayed on the handle front and back.

A relatively uncommon line, this example is a 6 3/4" long, substantial weight at 1.4 T. oz., spoon variously identified as an oval soup, dessert, or place piece.

This has a cursive "A.L.M." monogram lightly inscribed sideways on the handle front.

In very good estate condition, the only signs of use are surface scratches,... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Les Cinq Fleurs" Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
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4283f   $120.00


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A very early example of Reed & Barton's "Les Cinq Fleurs," this berry spoon is large at 9" long and weighty at 3.5 T. oz.

A multi-motif, Art Nouveau, design that features orchids, narcissus, and possibly poppy on this piece, the portraiture is set in high relief and is particularly expressive.

This item is laden with provenance, reflected in the various inscriptions that appear in the gold washed bowl and handle front and backsides.

The surname "McCurdy" is engraved in Old English... Click for details

Whiting Ram's Head & Satyr "Grecian" Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Originated by Henry Hebbard and continued in production by Whiting, "Grecian" features two figures.

One is a ram's head placed at the terminus of the handle, while a satyr appears in a medallion midway up the handle. In addition, ivy leaves and what is either grape clusters or ivy blossoms are portrayed on the handle front and backside heel.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, .7 T. oz., pickle fork (similar to a later pastry or fish fork).

It has three tines, the lower one of which is... Click for details

Mary Chawner, London 1833, Crested Sterling Silver "Shell" Tongs
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4281f   $135.00


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This pair of 6" long tongs that weigh a sturdy near 2.0 T. oz., are consequential on several counts.

The first and most immediate feature is the design. They are a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern with concave shells at the terminus of each arm. The shell form is repeated on the cupped grips.

The wide arch has a gentle point on either side, where it accommodates an unusual crest, which is the second outstanding aspect of this. The crest shows a helmeted knight's shoulders and... Click for details

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Whiting "Hibiscus" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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A resplendent line, Whiting's "Hibiscus" was cast rather than die struck (which is the manner by which most flatware is produced) and made only in a limited number of pieces.

This serving spoon is an original estate item that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs 6.56 T. oz.

The portraiture is boldly Art Nouveau and extravagantly rendered, incorporating open blossoms and buds overall, with sinuous leaves enveloping the handle.

The detail extends into the large, shell shaped bowl, which shows... Click for details

Gorham "Cambridge" Large Serling Silver Berry or Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4279f   $85.00


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A generously sized piece that measures 9" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon is an example of Gorham's late 19th century "Cambridge."

The large bowl is 3 5/8" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, 5/8" deep, has slight flanges on the shoulders, a groove in the base, a faintly pointed tip, and retains portions of an original gold finish on the interior.

"Cambridge" is closely related to "Buttercup," with both issued in the same year, save that the former has a gadroon border... Click for details

Mount Vernon "Yetiv" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Fork x 7
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4278f   $23.00


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An expressive floral design that features densely arrayed, high relief blossoms and leaves of what appear to be chrysanthemums or ageratum, "Yetiv" was an early 20th century Art Nouveau pattern.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oyster or seafood cocktail fork, marked with the animal head emblem of "H.H. Curtis Co." who shared this design with "Mount Vernon Company." Other marks include "sterling" and "Pat. 02."

It has three, relatively large, tines that are joined to... Click for details

Shiebler "Maintenon" Enameled Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4276f   On Hold


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Numerous American silver manufacturers experimented with enamel on metal flatware in the late 19th century, perhaps paced by the allure for this highly decorative style that European producers, notably Faberge, had created in the marketplace.

George Shiebler was particularly successful in this effort in his "Maintenon" line introduced in 1895.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., preserve or serving spoon. The handle rises at an angle from the bowl, lending the piece a scoop-like... Click for details

Fisher Sterling Silver Child's Cup or Mug, No Monogram
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4275f   $70.00


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This cup or mug stands 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 7/8" to the top of the handle, has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a 2 1/2" flat bottom base, and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It has a plain, cauldron shaped body and a cee scroll, hollow, handle.

It is stamped on the underside "Fisher" with a "crown, f, shield" emblem for the Jersey City, NJ, and New York City firm that was the circa 1936 successor to M. Fred Hirsch (out of business by 1975).

Other marks include "sterling" and model number... Click for details

Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Single Piece Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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The combination of an olive spoon and fork joined on opposite ends of one lengthy piece was a table serving item that was particularly popular in the second half of the 19th century.

This 10 3/4" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., item dates from this period and follows the general template for the form.

It has a twisted stem with a central, flat bar that is bright cut engraved in an Aesthetic style fern, leaf, and lily of the valley pattern. The fork portion is a trident, while the... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Charles II" Heavy Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4272f   $98.00


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A late 19th century "Kings" pattern variant, Dominick & Haff's "Charles II" features a prominent raised shell on the handle front and a concave one on the back, as well as a heavily beaded edge with honeysuckle detailing mid-handle.

This piece, a berry serving spoon, is large, 8 7/8" long and consistent with the line, heavy at 2.9 T. oz.

It was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as stamped on the backside, along with the D&H three part emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d 94."... Click for details

Floral "This Little Pig Went to Market" Sterling Silver Child's Spoon
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., the handle on this spoon features two Art Nouveau manner blossoms (perhaps clematis) and trailing leaves on its handle front.

The backside is plain save for the marks, which are "925/1000" and "sterling."

A child's piece, it reads in the soft finish bowl with a hint of an original gold wash, "This little pig went to market," with an engraved scene of a pig in a cart being pulled by a horse.

The handle end is inscribed "1909."

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Bigelow Bros & Kennard "Oval Thread" Ten Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4268f   $135.00


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These ten, matching, (after dinner) coffee spoons measure 4 1/2" long each and weigh a substantial 4.6 T. oz. the lot.

Dating from the mid to late 1860s, they are marked for the Boston firm of "Bigelow Brothers & Kennard" and are to a sterling standard, as indicated by the "925 in an oval" alongside the company name.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread," with each piece engraved in a fancy, leaf script and block, period, "EFB" monogram on the handle front.

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Gorham "Baby Face in Bowl" H1 Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4265f   On Hold


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Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this spoon measures 5 1/2" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz.

It is a child's piece, with the pronounced feature of a baby's chubby face bursting out of the bowl, like a little bird coming out of an egg shell.

The handle pattern portrays a viny leaf and flower design on the front that embodies an Art Nouveau influence, and a plain, bordered, backside that in this instance is engraved "Sibyl" in script lettering.

In immaculate condition,... Click for details

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