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Palmer & Peckham Sterling & Enamel Cucumber Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2605f   $65.00

Palmer & Peckham Sterling & Enamel Cucumber Server
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A particularly decorative item, this 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., cucumber server embodies intricate detailing, much of which clearly has been hand-finished. It was made by Palmer & Peckham of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, c. 1900.

The handle is cast and mounted on a wire frame. The lower part of the stem is leafy, while the upper end incorporates additional leaf, scroll, and floral elements, along with a central heart form. This is all appointed with turquoise blue, deep blue, and... Click for details

Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Large, Weighty
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2603f   $70.00

Towle
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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2602f   Sold

Old Gorham
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An early example of Gorham's "Buttercup," this 5" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sardine fork is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. 1900."

The 2" wide, seven tine, serving end has decorated shoulders which is a detail found only on older pieces, and a reticulated heel.

It is without a monogram and in immaculate condition. Pattern detail remains sharp and well-defined, and the finish is even and bright. The tines are straight, even, and... Click for details

Whiting "Square Twist" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2601f   On Hold

Whiting
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One of numerous "Twist" designs produced by a variety of manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, this 5 3/8" long, approximately .5 T. oz., ice cream spoon has a spiral turned lower half handle joined to a block, or square as it is commonly identified, upper half.

It is identified by the number "18" imprinted on the backside, along with the Whiting emblem and the word "Sterling."

The oval bowl is shallow and has rippled shoulders and a gently pointed tip.

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Geo. C. Shreve Custom "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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2585f   $95.00

Geo. C. Shreve Custom
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A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect... Click for details

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
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20160110-01   $225.00

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
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Offered is a fine and rare example of a period George III "Onslow" or "Scroll" pattern stuffing or platter spoon, sometimes also called a gravy spoon. This pattern is highly sought after, to the point that there are many later alterations out there. However, those spoons are not generally joined in the same way the period Onslow serving pieces were; a period spoon should have a scarf joint joining the cast scroll end to the stem, as this spoon does (see pictures). And, this spoon bears the... Click for details

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Whiting "Arabesque" Sterling Silver Silver Gravy Ladle, Mint
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2583f   On Hold

Whiting
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Stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Pat. 1875," "Sterling," and the number "1" on the bowl, this gravy ladle measures 7" long and weighs just barely short of 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Arabesque," which became a standard bearer design in its period for the Renaissance Revival style, and it remains so today.

Its main feature is a winged griffin set amid the scrolls and rosettes that characterize Arabesque form. There is a central reserve area, which in this case is engraved with an... Click for details

1804 English Sterling Platter Spoons, Godbehere, Wigan & Boult
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2582f   $95.00

1804 English Sterling Platter Spoons, Godbehere, Wigan & Boult
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This matching pair of platter or stuffing spoons each measures 11 7/8" long, while one weighs 3.0 T. oz. and the other 3.2 T. oz.

They have complete hallmarks, "lion, leopard, I, and bust," for London, 1804. The maker imprint is "SC over EW over IB," for Samuel Godbehere, Edward Wigan & James Boult, identified in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as "good, general makers." The maker's mark on one of the pieces is double struck, so some blurred.

They have "Old English," i.e. reverse tipt,... Click for details

Ten Durgin "Shell" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks, Long Handle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2581f   On Hold

Ten Durgin
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three... Click for details

Original Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2979f   $45.00

Original Durgin
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A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.

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Ten Lunt "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2975f   $235.00

Ten Lunt
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Stamped with the early "Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen" three part emblem, along with the word "Sterling," the pattern on these ten, matching, three tine, ice cream forks dates from 1903.

Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.

An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities. Fluid, flowing leaves trail up the margin of the handle, which is topped by a large, high relief,... Click for details

A.F. Towle "Chatelaine" Silver Sterling Horseradish Spoon
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2974f   $30.00

A.F. Towle
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A.F. Towle was the precursor company to Lunt, which absorbed the dies the former firm's patterns as well as generating its lines own throughout the 20th century.

This 6 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., horseradish spoon, "Chatelaine" aka "Enid," is in an early A.F. Towle design dating from 1894.

The motif incorporates acanthus leaves with a shell end. The paddle form bowl has rounded margins, and is deeply cupped at the widened end.

The piece is in choice condition and is without a monogram or... Click for details

Arthur Stone "Hanoverian" Midrib Sterling Silver Ladle, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2973f   $125.00

Arthur Stone
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This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there... Click for details

Gorham "H469" & "H476" Sterling Child's Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling

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2972f   $70.00

Gorham
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Charm personified, this fork and spoon pair were limited production pieces made by Gorham c. 1900. They are part of a broad selection of specially designed items identified by a number preceded by an "H."

Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.

The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 11 oz. Standard Silver Footed Bowl, c. 1880
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2970f   $745.00

S. Kirk & Son
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A moderately large piece, this open bowl stands 5 1/2" tall, has a top diameter of 6", and sits on a pedestal base that is 4 3/8" across. It weighs 12.7 T. oz.

It is made to an "11 oz." standard, and so marked, which is peculiar to Baltimore and equates to a .917 silver content, midway between sterling at .925 and coin at .900.

Marked "S. Kirk & Son" in script lettering, this identifier dates 1880-90 according to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," while the... Click for details

Watson Figural "Bacchante" Sterling Silver Nut Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2568f   On Hold

Watson Figural
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The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less... Click for details

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