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Unger "Douvaine" Figural Sterling Silver Olive Spoon, Pierced Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2936f   $85.00


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The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array... Click for details

Tiffany VINE asparagus tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2233   $1,100.00


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length 7 1/2 inches, weight 6.56 Troy ounces, monogrammed script "P," one small pinprick dent as shown in enlargement two but very fine overall condition.

Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...

Rare and Fine Crested English Georgian Ice (Cream) Spade/Spoon C. 1807
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161211-01   $165.00


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Offered is a lovely and very early example of a quite scarce form in Georgian English sterling silver - an ice space or spoon, used for various dessert ices, sorbets and ice creams. Ian Pickford shows examples of this form and discusses it on pages 184-85 of his book "Silver Flatware - English, Scottish and Irish, 1660-1980". As he notes, examples can be as large as a gravy (stuffing) spoon, and most are heavy and well made in order to perform their function well. This example, in Old English... Click for details

12 Matching Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Chocolate Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2934f   $150.00


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All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.

The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Solid Sterling Silver Glove Button Hook
Silver : Sterling

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2932f   $45.00


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Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880.

It has a plain backside, save for the company lion emblem and the word "Sterling." The hook portion has a slight twist design where it... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Food Scraper, Original & Rare
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2931f   $45.00


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At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the... Click for details

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Gorham Children's Nursery Rhymes Sterling Silver Plate, No. 5240
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2929f   $285.00


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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

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J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "Kings" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2928f   $65.00


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Measuring 7 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this fish knife is stamped "Sterling" and "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.

The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."

It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely... Click for details

Pair of candlesticks marked Gebelein
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5290   $890.00


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18th century form. Square bases with concave corner cutouts. Bobeches not separate. Height 7-1.2". Base diameter 4-3/8" No monogram. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Pair of tablespoons by Porter Blanchard
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5288   $160.00


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Lotus pattern? Length 8-5/8". Weight 2.1 troy ounces each. The monogram is a block W/I P. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

International Sterling Silver "Cloeta" (Grape) Ideal Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2924f   $95.00


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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a... Click for details

Crisford & Norris, Birmingham, Sterling and MOP "Jester" Baby Rattle
Silver : Sterling

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2921dd   $85.00


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A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Bon Bon or Nut Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2913f   $42.00


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Measuring 4 3/8" long, and weighing just under .6 T. oz., this item has a scalloped edge, satin matte, gold washed front and back side, bowl with a reticulated center. It is a bon bon aka nut spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless... Click for details

William B. Kerr Art Nouveau No. 2448 Sterling Silver Belt Buckle
Silver : Sterling

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2909f   $68.00


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Measuring 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" and weighing approximately .7 T. oz., this belt buckle dates circa 1900.

It was made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The company emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "2448" are imprinted on the backside of the 3/8" wide, slightly curved, band that forms the body of the piece.

The backside is fitted with a pivoting crossbar to which two prongs that reach to the front are attached.

The surface of the band is acid etched in a swirling, leafy,... Click for details

"Onslow" Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2908f   $34.00


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An English design that originated in the mid 18th century, "Onslow" has provided the inspiration for numerous American patterns of similar design.

This piece is a 5" long, just scant of 1.0 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

Marked only "Sterling," the maker is unknown, but the character of the work is Arts & Crafts, evocative of "Onslow" patterns produced by Arthur Stone and Tuttle, and suggesting an early 20th century date.

The rolled, broadly lined, handle tip that defines "Onslow" is... Click for details

Six Matching Whiting "Antique Engraved" Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2907f   $165.00


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As did other makers, Whiting produced a number of diverse engraved patterns in the 1880s. These are largely unnamed and not even fully catalogued, although they are commonly executed on an "Antique," upturned handle, pattern, with a "Reverse Tipt" end.

This set of six, matching, 6 7/8" long, weighty at 7.4 T. oz. the set, tea or dessert forks are exceptionally fine examples of this mode, and in immaculate condition.

The design is comprised of stylized bright cut leaves and blossoms... Click for details

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