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Fine Georgian English Sterling Silver Lemon/Fruit Strainer, c.1739-55
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160828-02   $135.00

Fine Georgian English Sterling Silver Lemon/Fruit Strainer, c.1739-55
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Offered is a very good early 18th Century English sterling silver fruit strainer, sometimes also called a lemon strainer, fully hallmarked for London. The hallmarks are rubbed, but based upon the shape of the punch for the lion passant and the shape of the leopard's head, the date range of 1739-55 or so seems the most likely candidate. This is an excellent example of a scarce form, with lovely hand-piercing and unusually fine cast handles. One handle has a scratch weight engraved on the... Click for details

Stieff Williamsburg Sterling Pepper Caster and Open Salt Trencher
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2828f   $225.00

Stieff Williamsburg Sterling Pepper Caster and Open Salt Trencher
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These items were part of a line of sterling made by the Stieff Silver Company of Baltimore on behalf of Colonial Williamsburg Restoration which was the sole retailer.

Dating circa 1975, they are reproduction items based on actual period pieces.

One is a 5 1/8" tall, 3.1 T. oz., pepper or salt caster. The other is a 1 3/8" tall, 3" base diameter tapering to a 2 3/8" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz., trencher salt with its original clear glass liner.

Estate items in original condition, these... Click for details

Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2827f   $45.00

Black, Starr & Frost
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended... Click for details

Six Matched Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2826f   $110.00

Six Matched Westervelt
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Flat Handle Sterling Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2825f   $40.00

Wood & Hughes
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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1878, Wood & Hughes' "Venetian" embodies the Moorish or Arabesque design elements that characterized this period.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife. The intricacies of the design are repeated in the extensive engraving on the front of the blade. This is an added enhancement.

There is also an endearing inscription on the handle that reads in feathered script, "M.T. to S. & R.L."

It is in excellent... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2824f   $40.00

Unger Brothers
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down... Click for details

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Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2823f   $55.00

Whiting
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them... Click for details

Early Swedish Silver Spoon by Lorenz Georg Weis (Working 1791-1829)
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-03   $12.50

Early Swedish Silver Spoon by Lorenz Georg Weis (Working 1791-1829)
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Offered is a quite early (probably late 18th Century) Swedish silver teaspoon bearing only the Swedish "triple crown" control mark a maker's mark of LGW, apparently for Lorenz Georg Weis (b. 1762 - d. 1829), working in Norrköping from around 1791 (and probably earlier as he would have been 29 by then) to his death in 1829. This piece lacks a date letter but would appear to date to early in his career, probably before 1800. This piece also has a period engraved monogram to the reverse. It... Click for details

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-02   $17.50

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
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Offered is a good Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoon crested with an armorial of a duck, by noted London silversmith Charles Boynton (II), and fully hallmarked for London, 1863. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is good overall, with some wear but no splits or repairs. The bowl is intentionally shallow. All in all a nice useful piece, over 150 years old!

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160819-04   $35.00

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
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Offered is a good set of Georgian Irish sterling silver sugar tongs, fully hallmarked for Dublin, circa 1828-29, with a maker's mark of WC, most likely for Dublin silversmith William Cummins. According to web sources, Cummins worked from 1813 to 1846, was quite successful, and was expert at his craft. His name was apparently sometimes spelled “Comyns”. This set of sugar tongs measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs a solid 46 grams. There is no monogram or armorial, and no sign... Click for details

Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Citrus or Grapefruit Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2819f   On Hold

Durgin
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Measuring 6" long and heavy weight at 1.2 T. oz., this spoon was retailed by Brooklyn, New York's "Wm. Wise & Son," as stamped on the backside. Other mark's include a "D" emblem, "Sterling 925/1000," and "Patent."

The piece is a citrus or grapefruit spoon in Durgin's late 19th century "Chrysanthemum" pattern, with a script "PCL" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition, free of polishing wear, and with a well-shaped bowl that is without dents or nicks. The bowl retains... Click for details

Old Tiffany "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2817f   $90.00

Old Tiffany
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An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the... Click for details

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling Stuffing or Platter Spoon c1823
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160814-03   $165.00

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling Stuffing or Platter Spoon c1823
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Offered is an excellent Georgian sterling silver stuffing spoon by well-known London silversmith Robert Rutland, who was born 1785, entered his first mark around 1807 and a number of follow-on marks through 1826, and died 1828. Despite his short working life, a fair amount of Rutland's work has survived. This piece is of very good quality, with good weight and an expertly engraved armorial. This piece measures approximately 11 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 136 grams. This platter... Click for details

Good Pair of French Fiddle Teaspoons Hallmarked for Amiens, 1819-38
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160814-01   $37.50

Good Pair of French Fiddle Teaspoons Hallmarked for Amiens, 1819-38
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Offered is a good pair of early 19th Century French silver fiddle pattern teaspoons, engraved to the reverse with period monograms and fully hallmarked for first standard (950 fine) French silver, made in Amiens by maker "LD". These spoons measure about 5 1/4 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of 30 grams. Condition is good overall, with some small dings and scratches but no major dents and no splits or repairs. These would make good additions to a composite set. All in... Click for details

Mid 19th Century S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 10.15 Standard Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2813f   $225.00

Mid 19th Century S. Kirk & Son
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This three tine, possibly salad or vegetable, serving fork measures 7 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 2.0 T. oz.

It is a very early example of Kirk's touchstone "Repousse" pattern. it is stamped "S. Kirk 1015.," which the Baltimore Museum of Art reference work on Maryland silver indicates was used 1846-61. The silver standard is roughly equivalent to coin, and is one of several measures uniquely employed in Baltimore at various times during the 19th century.

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Ten Matched Wallace "St. Leon" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2812f   $150.00

Ten Matched Wallace
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Measuring 4 7/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy 4.6 T. oz. the set, these ten spoons are for after dinner coffee. They are slightly larger than a demitasse and somewhat smaller than a 5 o'clock.

The pattern is Wallace's "St. Leon, which is a densely articulated floral design dating from 1890. The flowers and leaves are portrayed in intricate detail, but exactly what they are is uncertain. One source suggests columbine.

All matching, they have script "MR" monograms on the... Click for details

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