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Black, Starr & Frost Repousse Sterling Silver Lid Glass Inkwell
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3173f   $95.00


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A substantial piece, this inkwell has a 3" square by 2" tall glass base. This is plain walled with diamond cut beveled edges.

The top is silver mounted, fitted with a 2" collar with a hinged lid that rises to a maximum height of 1 3/4".

The cap is chased in an acanthus leaf and floral design and has a large, script "ER" monogram set in the upper center.

The rim is stamped "Sterling," "Black, Starr & Frost" (used 1874-1908) for the renowned New York City firm, and with the company's... Click for details

Hebbard & Moore "Engraved Ivy" Twist Handle Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3172f   $32.00


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A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

The design is singular, but... Click for details

George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle, Fancy Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3170f   $95.00


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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Pickle Fork and Knife Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3168f   $110.00


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A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again... Click for details

Water pitcher by Karl Leinonen, Boston, 1st quarter 20th century
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5338   $1,360.00


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Single scroll handle, applied ring base, reinforcing wire outside of rim. Height 8-3/4", maximum horizontal dimension 8", capacity three pints, weight 24-1/3 troy ounces. The monogram is an ornate script RSRP(?) on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Tongs, Early
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3162f   On Hold


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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and... Click for details

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Durgin IRIS orange knives, three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2254   $285.00


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length 6 5/8 inches, plated steel blades, very minor pinpricks at ends which we've exaggerated in enlargement number four but fine overall condition, monogrammed "C."

As collectors will know, if any of them remain above ground, knives in this elegant old Durgin pattern are scarce.

George Smith III, London 1780, Crested Sterling Silver Marrow Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3160f   $275.00


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Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

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Blackinton HIBISCUS berry spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2253   $450.00


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length 9 1/2 inches, weight 7.40 Troy ounces (!), excellent original condition, gilt bowl, monogrammed "M" (script, reverse).

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a lighter and slightly beaten up version of this same piece may be "bought now" on the big bad auction site for a mere 591 moneys (see item 322373972047).

Alvin "Wellington" Large Pierced Flat Sterling Silver Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3158dd   $115.00


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A large piece measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this item is an unusual, perhaps croquette, server.

It has a flat, 3 1/2" long by 2 3/8" wide, blade with four, curved and rounded tines, scalloped margins, and an intricately pierced surface.

The pattern is "Wellington," a late 19th century design issued in 1897 by Alvin. It features a double shell and scroll terminus with an egg and dart margin on the handle front and a relatively plain scroll backside.

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Durgin "Madame Royale" Sterling Silver Pierced Bowl Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3156f   $225.00


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All original, this 8 9/16" long, 3.1 T. oz., pea spoon is a rare form.

The pattern, "Madame Royale" by Durgin, dates to 1897. It has a lined border with leafy detailing, a leaf and scroll festooned handle tip, with in this instance an Old English "F" monogram. The backside of the handle is inscribed "1909" in script.

The 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, bowl has a scalloped rim and is extensively pierced in the interior.

The condition is excellent estate. There is light softening of... Click for details

Gorham VIRGINIANA cream ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2251   $25.00


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length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed as shown, very light pattern wear but fine overall condition, weight 1.38 Troy ounces, and as we say here in Boston, "it's a baaahgin."

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Gorham Art Nouveau Kate Greenaway Style Sterling Silver Child's Mug
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3151f   $325.00


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The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the... Click for details

Georg Jensen number 21 sugar sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2250   $225.00


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length 5 1/4 inches, weight 1.0 oz Troy, excellent condition, no monogram.

This piece is not commonly found.

Dominick & Haff Footed Sterling Silver Tea Strainer with Turned Handle
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3150f   $125.00


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Free standing, this 4" square, 1/2" deep, tea strainer stands on four slender, splayed feet.

The body and a portion of the handle are sterling silver, as identified on the underside. Other marks include the Dominick & Haff three part emblem, and the model number "34."

The end of the handle is an off white material, possibly celluloid, with turned rings and a knob end.

The strainer body is sturdy, weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., has scalloped edges, sloped sides with four raised... Click for details

Gorham "Old Medici" 8 Matched Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3149f   $200.00


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This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is an intricate, figured design, the main one of which on these is a woman holding a bucket. There is also a satyr set midway on the handle.

The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates an Eastern character. This... Click for details

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