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Alvin VIRGINIA pie server,
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2379   $75.00


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properly known as a "pie knife," length ten inches, light scratches on front of blade but good overall condition, weight 2.93 Troy ounces, monogrammed with a lovely Art Nouveau script "S."

Gorham BUTTERCUP strawberry fork and three more
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2378   On Hold


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including (top to bottom) D & H Number Ten, Blackinton "Thistle," and Gorham Cambridge which is monogrammed as shown. All are in excellent condition and average 4 1/2 inches. Total Troy weight 1.43 oz.

Price is for all four-- what a deal!! Make some fondue (remember fondue??) and invite a few friends over for dinner.

Set of Eight Durgin "Iris" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3738f   $345.00


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An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR"... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Round Bowl Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3737f   $65.00


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Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains... Click for details

Tiffany "Clinton Engraved" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork with Spur
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3733f   $85.00


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A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and... Click for details

Whiting "Persian" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon with Large Fluted Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3732f   $155.00


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A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim. The interior is engraved in a stylized... Click for details

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Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3729f   This item is currently being auctioned


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3726f   $315.00


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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the... Click for details

Whiting (attrib) figural sterling napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2377   Sold


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With applied bird, ivy, and wirework tendrils, weight 1.53 Troy ounces, diameter 1 5/8 inches, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement, marked only "169" on base.

So far as I can see, there are no losses, though condition can be difficult to assess on this type of item.

Reed & Barton sterling christening cup
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2376   $175.00


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height just shy of 3 1/2 inches, weight 5.19 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

Though there is a slight condition issue (minor dent just above base; see fourth photo), the quality of repousée chasing throughout this piece is exceptional. All detail is perfectly preserved, even the delicate hammer marks left by the silversmith's tools.

Victorian Bright Cut "Christmas" Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3720f   $38.00


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The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago.

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Pairpoint Brothers, London 1912, Sterling Silver Arts & Crafts Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3717f   $345.00


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Alfred, Francis and Arthur operating as the Pairpoint Brothers were noteworthy producers of English Arts & Crafts silver in the first part of the 20th century.

This 2 3/4" high, 4 1/2" top diameter, heavy at 7.1 T. oz., bowl is emblematic of their work and the movement.

It sits on a footed base 2 3/8" in diameter, and has an applied rim on the upper lip.

The body is plain and smooth on the outside, but retains a hand hammered surface on the interior.

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Gorham "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoon x 3
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3714f   $32.00


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Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the... Click for details

Gorham No. 835 "Ivy" Pair Sterling Silver Master Salt Dishes
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3713f   $155.00


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Decidedly period in style, each of these two, matching, master salt dishes features a pair of lofty arms that form an open circular area that contains a cast, three dimensional, ivy leaf. This is in turn supported by an also cast, curved, leaf.

They measure 3 7/8" from arm tip to arm, stand 1 1/2" at the highest, are 2 3/8" across at the top opening of the body, rest on beaded edge, rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" in diameter, and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the pair.

Made by Gorham, they are imprinted... Click for details

8 Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Individual Butter Spreaders
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3712f   $225.00


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A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes.

While the fronts have never been monogrammed, and the backsides are... Click for details

Gould, Stowell & Ward, Baltimore, "Grape" 11-12 Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3711f   $165.00


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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background... Click for details

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