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6 Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Heavy Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3328f   $180.00


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A matched set, these six, 5 3/4" long teaspoons have special attributes.

First, they are exceptionally fine, extra weight, 5.9 T. oz. the group, examples of Wood & Hughes' Moorish or similar, Renaissance Revival, "Venetian" pattern.

Second, they are anniversary presentation pieces, with mirror inscriptions front and back sides of the handles. The reverses read "HCA" in an elegant, feathered script "HCA" over "Nov. 3d, 1852." The obverses are identical save for a different year, "1877."... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork Pierced
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3326f   $90.00


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An 8 3/8" long item, this lettuce fork is heavy, weighing 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features images of Florentine style, bearded figures on the end of the handle and the backside heel of the bowl.

This example, retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as indicated on the handle reverse, along with the D&H three part emblem, the word "Sterling," and "Pat-d. 94.," is the pierced version of this pattern.

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exceptionally fine pair of Victorian figural silver gilt master salt
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2291   Sold


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spoons, London 1842, length four inches, weight a rather stunning .92 Troy ounces each, maker SC, untouched original condition, no monogram. The reverse of bowl with a lion's face cast in high relief, the tail entwining handle and terminating in a cast and chased paw with superb detail.

I do not recall ever having seen a finer pair of master salt spoons.

T&W Chawner, London, "Onslow" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3323f   $115.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon with Engraved Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3322dd   $75.00


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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition... Click for details

Tiffany special order napkin rings, a pair,
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2290   Sold


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each acid etched with "Jan. 14th 1891" one with the initials "LB" and the other "DB" in fanciful foliate script, height 1 3/8; diameter 1 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 2.58 ounces, excellent condition.

We've made a brief attempt to find a pair of socialites who were married that Winter Wednesday and come up empty handed, but you dear reader may have the pleasure of continuing this search, once these are safely in your collection.

Please note that our price is for the pair (!).

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Good Hanoverian Pattern Crested English Silver Tablespoon - Mid 18th C
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-04   Sold


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Offered is a good heavy mid-Eighteenth Century English sterling silver Hanoverian Pattern tablespoon, engraved with a worn armorial of a hound of some sort, and bearing hallmarks indicating London manufacture. I didn't check the maker's mark, but it should be relatively easy to track down. This piece measures about 8 1/16 inches in length and weighs a good 68 grams or so. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear but good color and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine early... Click for details

English Hanoverian Pattern Tablespoon Crested with a Falcon or Hawk
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-03   Sold


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Offered is a nice English Georgian sterling silver Hanoverian pattern tablespoon bearing a well-executed period armorial of a hawk or falcon. This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. Condition is fair at best, as the bowl has been reshaped and the stem may have a well done repair, given that the maker's mark is missing. However, this would make a decent fill-in piece for a set or a server for casual use. The repairs have been done well, and this piece... Click for details

Fine English Sterling Silver Master Butter or Cheese Knife, Circa 1834
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-02   $42.50


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Offered is a lovely and well-preserved English sterling silver master butter knife or cheese knife, hallmarked for London, 1834-35 and with a maker's mark of JW in script, probably for John James Whiting. This piece measures about 7 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. It is expertly engraved with period script initials, probably "FHO". Condition is excellent with minimal surface wear, good color, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely piece and a great holiday item!

Crested 18th Century English Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle - R. Crossley
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171123-01   $49.50


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Offered is a nice early crested Georgian English sterling silver sauce or gravy ladle by noted London silversmith Richard Crossley, fully hallmarked for 1782. The armorial is of what appears to be a lion's paw emerging from a coronet and grasping an escallop (scallop shell); I've not researched the armorial to determine the family, but it is probably traceable. This piece measures about 6 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 52 grams. Condition is fair to good overall, with some surface wear... Click for details

Pr. Kings Pattern w/Diamond Heel Master Salt Spoons - Elizabeth Eaton
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171122-02   Sold


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Offered is a good pair of early Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoons by noted female silversmith Elizabeth Eaton, widow of William Eaton. These are in the King's Pattern, with diamond heel, and have commensurate size and weight. They measure about 4 1/4 inches in length and weigh a total of about 50 grams. Each spoon has a period engraved script monogram, and each is marked with Elizabeth Eaton's maker's mark (registered around 1843) and full hallmarks for London. The date... Click for details

Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Solid Sterling Flat Handle Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3312f   $145.00


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A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling... Click for details

Gorham "Cherub" 1900 Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3310f   $165.00


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Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism... Click for details

Danish Modern Sterling Silver Handle Bottle Opener
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3308f   $46.00


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Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The... Click for details

"Dome Top" Large Sterling Silver 19th Century Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3307f   $235.00


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A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

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Gorham Repousse Silver Mounted Cut Glass Inkwell 1890
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3306f   $185.00


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Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for... Click for details

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