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Small, English, Sterling Silver and Baleen Ladle
Silver : Sterling

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2169dd   $85.00

Small, English, Sterling Silver and Baleen Ladle
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Fully marked for Birmingham, Sterling, 1837, and "J.W" for Joseph Willimore, this ladle measures 6 3/8" long and has a 1 1/2" diameter, 5/8" deep, round bowl.

The rimmed lip bowl, and lower portion and tip of the handle are sterling silver, with the remainder of the handle being baleen.

The majority of examples of this form are much lengthier toddy ladles. This would have been for some other purpose.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

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Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2166f   $48.00

Arts & Crafts Cast Floral Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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Reflecting an Arts & Crafts sensibility, this 4 3/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., sardine fork likely dates from early in the 20th century.

It is marked "F&G" in an oval and "Sterling."

The handle is cast with a grooved center. This resembles a stem. This in turn has an applied, again cast, floral and leaf form attached at the end. This has a tail that resembles a tendril wrapped around the handle.

The 2 1/8" wide serving end has five, broad tines.

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Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2162dd   $60.00

Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
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A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is... Click for details

Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling

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2158f   $45.00

Gorham
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Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., this bon bon, also referenced as a nut or confection spoon, was made by Gorham.

The pattern is "Imperial Chrysanthemum," which is a highly detailed floral design tending toward the Art Nouveau in style.

This is a particularly fine example. It has a delicate script "P" monogram on the front. There is no evident polishing wear and the bowl remains well-shaped and retains most of its original gold wash finish.

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Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling Grapefruit Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2155f   $45.00

Dominick & Haff
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Dominick & Haff produced its figural "Renaissance" pattern in solid and pierced versions, with solid being the common form. This 5 5/8" long, relatively heavy 1.0 T. oz., grapefruit, aka fruit or orange, spoon is pierced. The open version is invariably marked with the name of Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," and that is the case with this piece.

It has a script "M" monogram on the handle and retains a pale residue of its original gold wash.

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Wendt "Medallion" with Twist Handle Cheese Scoop
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2153f   $365.00

Wendt
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Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

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Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling Coffee Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2152f   $22.00

Dominick & Haff
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At 4 3/8" long, this spoon may be classified as either an after-dinner coffee or a demitasse.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which is a heavy line and that is the case with this which weighs a substantial .5 T. oz. The design features a bearded figure on the front of the handle and the heel of the bowl. The bowl in this instance has a gold wash finish.

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The pattern detail remains well-defined and is free of... Click for details

FEDERAL GRAVY LADLE, Abraham Gerritze Forbes, NYC 1785
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Hampton Galleries  
7352B   $250.00

FEDERAL GRAVY LADLE, Abraham Gerritze Forbes, NYC 1785
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Coin silver gravy ladle by Abraham Gerritze Forbes, New York City (c. 1785-1795), 8-7/8” long, deep 2-¼” circular bowl, downturned oval end handle, beautiful diamond cut bright cut design on edges of handle and making oval cartouche at end with unusual three-masted sailing ship crest under banner “SPERO MELIORA” (I hope for better things), marked in script “A.Forbes” in serrated shaped cartouche.

Tiffany Footed Sterling Silver Master Salt
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2150f   $85.00

Tiffany Footed Sterling Silver Master Salt
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Stamped "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "Sterling Silver," "925-1000," and with a lower case "m," this master salt was put into production in 1902 as indicated by the model number "15251."

This was a period when Tiffany made reproduction items or designs inspired by older, especially English Georgian, holloware, and that is the case with this piece. It is round, cauldron shaped, and stands on three pad feet with acanthus leaf sprays where the legs are attached.

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Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Server Jelly Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2148f   $55.00

Towle
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Towle employed a novel serving end for jelly knives in several late 19th century patterns, one of which was "Canterbury." This 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., piece has an elongated, gold washed, blade with a cupped base, curvilinear sides, and decorated shoulders that repeat the same bead and scroll motif of the handle.

It is in excellent condition and without a monogram or removal. Apart from some worn spots in the gold on the interior of the blade, there are no signs of use.

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Webster Silver Overlay on Glass 6" Trivet
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2147f   $65.00

Webster Silver Overlay on Glass 6
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Measuring 6" in diameter and 1/8" high, this trivet is stamped "Webster Sterling" and with the company arrow through a "CW" on the edge. It is silver overlay engraved in a floral pattern on glass.

These were particularly popular in the first part of the 20th century, and that is the likely period for this.

It is in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks in the glass. The silver is intact, free of lifting or marring.

Very Rare Tiffany "Vine" Sterling Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2146f   $155.00

Very Rare Tiffany
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William Hood comments extensively on this unusual Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd), 5 13/16" long, .9 T. oz., spoon in his benchmark reference work, "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He suggests it might be a pap spoon, noting it is a "rare and undocumented piece" that has "an unusually shaped bowl, . . . the sides tapering in width from 13/16 to 5/16 in., and forming a scoop. The narrowness of the scoop suggests it might be used to feed babies. This specimen is one of only three of this piece type we have... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Celestial" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2144f   $85.00

Wood & Hughes
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In the same genre as Whiting and Tiffany's "Japanese" and Wendt's "Bird," Wood & Hughes 1875 "Celestial" may be the most explicitly Asian inspired in its portraiture given the pagoda-like detailing around the handle end.

Otherwise the design follows after this group of patterns in featuring a bird image set amid a leafy surround. The degree of detail is precise and finely rendered, with all the elements laid upon a stippled ground.

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Gorham "King George" Sterling Silver Egg Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2143f   $32.00

Gorham
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Patented in 1894, Gorham's "King George" was that company's most successful "King" iteration.

This piece is a 4 3/4" long, relative heavy at approximately .7 T. oz., egg spoon. It has a fine "OEEA" feathered script monogram on the handle front and is inscribed "1908" on the handle backside.

It is in very fine condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is lustrous. The ovoid bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

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Early Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Chow Chow Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2142f   $60.00

Early Towle
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Perhaps the least common of condiment servers (a category which includes mustard ladles and horseradish spoons), chow chow aka picalilli spoons characteristically have narrow, deep bowls, and often relatively long handles.

This 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., example is in "Old Colonial" by Towle. It is an early and fully authentic, i.e. original production, piece marked with the company emblem, "925/1000," "Pat. 1894," and the name of the retailer, "W. Arnold."

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three tablespoons named Agnes, in Whiting's
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2199   $90.00

three tablespoons named Agnes, in Whiting's
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exquisite and desirable LOUIS XV pattern, length 8 1/4 inches, weight 4.91 Troy ounces, fine condition.

We were going to send these straight into the smelter's gaping maw, but then thought that perhaps just perhaps there might be an Agnes or three who'd want to see herself immortalized on a spoon...

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