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Barker Bros., Birmingham, England Six Slot Sterling Silver Toast Rack
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3470f   $235.00


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A generously sized item, this toast rack has a base that measures 6 1/2" by 3", with six arched dividers that rise 3" above this, and an additional central one with a handle that reaches to 4 1/2".

Solid silver, it weighs a hefty 7.75 T. oz. and rests on four, six sided, faceted, ball bottom, feet.

Dating from the end of the Edwardian era, it is fully stamped for "Birmingham," England, "Barker Brothers Silversmiths Ltd.," "Sterling," and the year "1914-15."

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Kirk "Repousse" No. 17F Sterling Top Etched Glass Jam Jar
Silver : Sterling

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3468f   $65.00


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This jar has a glass base that stands 2 3/8" high to the rim and measures 1 3/4" across on the bottom. The tapered body leads to a 2" diameter lip that is fitted with a silver top stamped "S. Kirk & Son" (used 1932-61), "Sterling," and "17F."

The glass is etched in a grape and vine design indicating this is intended for jam or jelly, although it is of a size that would function as well for mustard.

The just over .6 T. oz. lid is a "Repousse" design with a solid floral finial. It has a... Click for details

Michie, Cincinnati, "Antique" Silver Table or Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3467f   $52.00


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Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

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Baker Manchester Box Set 6 Silver Overlay on Glass Salts with Spoons
Silver : Sterling

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3466f   $60.00


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Comprised of six, round, silver overlay, glass salt holders that measure 1 1/2" by 5/8" tall, each with its own 2 9/16" long, .6 T. oz. the group, never monogrammed, sterling silver spoon, this set is presented in a green, white cloth lined, 6 1/2" by 5" by 1 1/2" high cardboard box.

The only marks are on the spoons, and are the "M in a shield flanked by eagles" emblem for Providence, Rhode Island's Baker Manchester Company. The pattern is unnamed, but neolassical in manner, suggesting a... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Large Fluted Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3464f   $210.00


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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name, all of which show particularly well at the scale of this 9 1/8" long, weighty at 2.5 T. oz., (salad) serving spoon.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

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A. F. Towle "Wentworth" with Cherub Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3463f   $32.00


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A 5 5/8" long, .7 T. oz., item, this spoon was made by A.F. Towle (later Lunt), as indicated by the "TS" emblem imprinted on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

Based on the 1899 "Wentworth" pattern, it includes an image of a plump, completely baby-like, winged cherub draped in a garland of roses, all set in very high relief that rises off the handle sculptural-like.

The figure is surrounded by beading, below which are more fully developed rose blossoms.

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Newcastle "Stalker & Mitchison" George III Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling

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3462f   $225.00


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Measuring precisely 12" long and weighing 2.2 T. oz., this meat skewer is nearly 250 years old.

It is fully hallmarked for Newcastle, England, 1774-75, sterling silver, and makers William Stalker & John Mitchison.

Typical of the form, it has a tapered shank that goes from 3/8" wide to a pointed tip. This has beveled edges, with feathering on the upper portions front and back. This is also the place where the marks are located on one side and a "WWS" monogram on the other.

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charmingly engraved Victorian era napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2314   $65.00


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with bird, flowers, foliage; a beaded band above and below, diameter 2 1/4; height 1 1/2 inches, weight 1.5 Troy ounces, .800 standard, no monogram, marked as shown in fourth enlargement.

Some twit put a drop of silver-test acid right inside the cartouche and left a slight stain, but aside from this the condition is exemplary.

Gorham 1894 Sterling Silver Mount for Desk Calendar
Silver : Sterling

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3456f   $85.00


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This item is a remnant from a period when elegance dominated even the ordinary matters of daily life.

This piece is comprised of cast, pierced, pediment affixed to a 5 1/2" by 3/8", 1.6 T. oz., bar, all of which is solid silver. It was originally made to cap a desk calendar or engagement pad.

Produced by Gorham and stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G," hallmark, "Sterling," model number "519," and a date symbol for "1894," the form is illustrated in the company's 1892 catalogue... Click for details

Gorham No. 456 Sterling Silver Small Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3451f   $75.00


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This 4" round, 5/8" high, just under 2.0 T. oz. shallow dish resting on four ball feet presents as rather mysterious in purpose, save that it is identified in Gorham's 1890 catalogue (see image 2).

Stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G", emblem, "Sterling," and model number "456" on the underside, it is actually part of a desk ensemble, namely the underplate, or as labeled, a tray, for a multi-lobed ink bottle.

Original purpose aside, it is attractive in its own right,... Click for details

Gorham 1880 "Empress" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3449f   $115.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

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Gorham No. 255 "Wave Edge" Small Sterling Silver Aesthetic Tray
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3447f   $88.00


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While the actual pattern name "Wave Edge" applies to a line of silver produced by Tiffany & Co., the border on this 6" by 3 1/8", 1.7 T. oz., dresser, pin, or other tray can appropriately be described using the same descriptor.

It has a 1/2" high sidewall with a scalloped edge and a series of raised scrolls that appear to mimic breaking waves.

The center bottom of the piece has an oval dome that is engraved "HCE" in lined script. Ridges radiate out from this, suggesting a sunburst. ... Click for details

Tiffany "Vine" (Grape) Sterling Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3446f   $415.00


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An expressive and innovative design introduced early, 1872, in the history of Tiffany as a silver manufacturer, "Vine" appeared in many motifs.

This example is a 9" long, 3.3 T. oz., berry spoon in "Grapevine."

William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware notes that this was made with a variety of bowl forms, and the shell or fluted design on this is observationally one of the less common ones. It is finished with a bright gold wash front and backsides.

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Whiting "Arabesque" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3445f   $95.00


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A 7 5/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece, this example of Whiting's "Arabesque" pattern, is imprinted with the company's "lion" logo and the number "19" on the backside heel of the bowl, and "Sterling" and "Pat. 1875" on the handle reverse.

The griffin set against a Moorish style background composition is emblematic of the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a flange rim and central vee running from the handle to the midpoint of the base. It is finished with a... Click for details

Heavy English Sterling Fish Slice with Highly Unusual Armorial, c.1839
Silver : Sterling

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20180312-03   $165.00


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Offered is a lovely and heavy early Victorian English sterling silver fish server by the well-known partnership of London silversmiths William Theobalds and Robert Metcalfe Atkinson, working together circa 1838-40. Though short-lived, this partnership produced a fair amount of high-quality flatware and servers.

This fish slice has a nicely executed pierced pattern, and extremely clear and well preserved hallmarks and maker's mark. It also has one of the most unusual family crests or... Click for details

Gorham 1881 Two Handle Sterling Silver Open Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3444f   $135.00


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This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.

Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has... Click for details

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