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A.E. Warner, Baltimore, "Jenny Lind," 11 Standard Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3846f   $48.00


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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew... Click for details

Kirk "Wadefield" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3845f   $55.00


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One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no... Click for details

Gorham "Henry II" Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3844f   $65.00


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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3843f   $225.00


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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern... Click for details

Gorham Aesthetic Hanging Basket Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3841f   $115.00


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Designed to hang from a teapot, this 2" diameter, 1 1/4" high, .7 T. oz. all silver, basket style tea (leaf) strainer has a wire prong that fits in the pot spout, and which is also attached to a pivoting wire bail.

It is marked "Sterling" on the wire, and "Sterling," model number "24," and "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham on the basket.

Markedly Aesthetic in style, the pierced basket is folded or crimped and is irregularly impressed with a fern or seaweed like organic design. This is... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3839f   $46.00


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Solid silver, this piece measures 5 3/8" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

A bon bon aka confection spoon, it has a round, 2 3/8" diameter, slightly cupped, scalloped edge, serving end.

The pattern is Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," issued in 1885. This has a pointed end handle, while some pieces in the line have squared off ends.

A high relief design, this has sculptural qualities with detailing that suggests an Aesthetic influence as well as anticipates Art Nouveau.

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Gorham "Luxembourg" Sterling Silver Pea Spoon, "Whist Club 1897"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3837f   $265.00


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An impressive serving piece that measures 8 3/8" long and weighs nearly 2.7 T. oz., this item has a double provenance that traces to the late 19th century.

First, the pattern is "Luxembourg" made by Gorham and introduced in 1893. This particular example is a pea spoon with a large, round, 3" diameter, reticulated, shallow bowl with a gold finish on both sides.

Secondly, the handle front is engraved "Whist Club" and the backside reads "1897." While this could reference numerous... Click for details

Whiting "Lily Engraved" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3836f   $135.00


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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly... Click for details

Tiffany & Co. Two Handle 1902 Sterling Silver Sauce Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3835f   On Hold


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This weighty, 5.3 T. oz., oval bowl impresses with its 3 7/8" high, upswept pair of arms attached to a 4 3/4" by 3 3/4" oval body that sits on a 2 3/4" by 2 1/4" footed base.

It was made by "Tiffany & Co.," so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," "C" (for director Charles T. Cook, 1902-07), and model number "15298" introduced in 1902, and order number "5156."

It is subtly Art Nouveau in style, with an undulating double upper rim, and curvilinear arms.

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Durgin "New Art" Lily Original Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3831f   $295.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this 8 9/16" long, heavy at 4.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold over and upon one another, rising from of the surface of the silver as if sculped out of the material.

It is an early example, marked with Durgin's "D" emblem,... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Corona" Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3829f   $165.00


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This ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.

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Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3827f   $85.00


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An early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this piece is marked with the company lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.

The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined... Click for details

Early 20th Century Silver Serving Spoon from Kelantan, Malaysia
Silver : Sterling

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20190331-12   $24.00


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Offered is an interesting antique Malaysian silver serving piece from the Kelantan region (the mark in Arabic above the country mark refers to this region - see pics). You can see all the pictures by clicking on the first one. Silver from Malaysia was made both for local use and for Europeans on tour in the region, and Malaysian silversmiths were highly regarded in the 19th and early 20th centuries; a few families still make forms exactly like this, but it is a dying tradition due to the... Click for details

Towle "Louis XIV" Sterling Silver 6" Bread & Butter Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3824f   $100.00


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Solid silver, this plate measures 6" across and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

For bread and butter, the form functions well as a wine coaster, and an item this size could accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle.

The pattern is "Louis XIV" by Towle, whose "T around a lion" emblem, "Sterling," model number "5435," "Patented Dec. 23. 1919" all appear on the underside.

Never monogrammed, it remains in excellent condition, free of bends, dents, or nicks, and has a fine finish. There is no polishing wear at all... Click for details

Paris "French Thread" c. 1825 First Standard Silver Platter Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3823f   $185.00


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This 10 3/4" long, heavy at 4.3 T. oz., French spoon carries a "bearded man with square corners" hallmark for 950 standard silver (higher than sterling which is 925) used 1819-1838, a Paris guaranty symbol with corresponding bigorne, and a maker's mark "LL" with a cross between the letters and stars above and below.

A platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread."

It has an upturned handle with an elegant, feathered script "MB" monogram engraved... Click for details

Gorham Model 1990 Narragansett Style Sterling Almond Dish Recast
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3822f   $125.00


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This 4 5/8" long, 1 1/8" high, 2.8 T. oz., almond dish is a recast example of Gorham's model number "1990" piece. Please refer to preceding item 3221f for an example of the original item.

While this is a relatively well executed instance of a reproduction, clear differences exist with an authentic, first run, piece.

Overall clarity of detail on this is rather lacking, with the surfaces largely smooth rather than conveying the full subtlety of the shells and barnacles.

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