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Watson "Pond Lily" Fort Sumter, Charleston SC Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3953f   $46.00


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Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified. The rendering is precise and... Click for details

Whiting "Italian" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling

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3952f   $48.00


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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow.

This piece has a relatively deep, round, scallop-shaped, pierced bowl with a gray... Click for details

Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3945f   $26.00


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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the... Click for details

Aesthetic Bright Cut Floral Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3944f   $65.00


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An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

The backside is plain save for the word... Click for details

6 Durgin FAIRFAX salad forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2399   $95.00


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length 6 1/8 inches, total Troy weight 5.53 ounces, lightly monogrammed "D", fine condition.

McCarty & Hurlbert, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3941f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

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Wendt "Union" Sterling Silver Right Angle Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3938f   $78.00


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This lengthy at 7 5/8" and robust at approximately 1.5 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife was made by New York's John Wendt, whose characteristic "Patent 925" (for sterling) and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer appear on the blade.

The pattern is "Union," and is quite similar to "Gibney," designed by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both it and "Union" issued in 1862.

The handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, oval end, all elements that are very much of its... Click for details

Gorham "Jac Rose" Bright Cut Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3937f   $115.00


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An engraved design dating from the 1880s, Gorham's "Jac Rose" must have been an especially well-received pattern given that a considerable inventory has survived to the present time, although there are few examples in as fine condition as this piece.

The rose theme is presented on an "Old English," rounded end, handle with a bright finished, tipt back, and a satin matte finished front.

The detailed floral and leaf imagery shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 1/2" long,... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana" Medallion Coin Silver Berry Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3933f   $285.00


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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, 2.5 T. oz., coin silver, berry shovel (often identified as a cracker scoop) is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this category of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

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Wallace Art Nouveau "Irian" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3931f   $55.00


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Weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is a quality example of Wallace's entry into the offerings of female nude subjects produced by various silver manufacturers at the beginning of the 20th century."

The portraiture is of a full-sized, semi-draped, figure with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid or iris blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all... Click for details

two Arthur Stone floral chased coffee spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2398   Sold


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One by craftsman Alfred Wikstrom (has Stone Associates mark); the other by Charles W. Brown, length five inches, total Troy weight .94 oz. excellent condition, marked and monogrammed as shown.

A set of these same spoons graces the cover of Elenita Chickering's superb monograph about her Uncle, Mr. Stone.

Durgin circa 1880 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon Engraved "Mother"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3924f   $75.00


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A large piece measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this table serving spoon bears one of the earliest marks, a "bird surrounded by a wreath," that the William B. Durgin Company used on its flatware.

It is also stamped "M.F. Robinson" for the Springfield, Massachusetts jeweler with dates of operation 1860-99, and "Sterling."

A non-line pattern, its relatively plain style with a broad, fanned, handle end with bright cut diamond and bellflower components, suggests a date circa 1880.... Click for details

Whiting "Arabesque" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3923f   $165.00


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Measuring 9 1/8" long with a 3 3/4" by 2" wide bowl, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this item is variously identified as a berry, vegetable, or pudding spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is rooted in Moorish design and was produced during the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central vee in the base and a lipped edge.

The interior is intricately engraved in a leafy rosette theme that... Click for details

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, "Leaf" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3922f   $65.00


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Likely dating 1855-1862, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It was made and sold by Philadelphia's "Bailey & Co.," and is so marked, along with a "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion," pseudo hallmark that was used while George Sharp was the company's manufacturing manager 1852-c. 1862 (Catherine Hollan Philadelphia Silversmiths).

The "S" indicates sterling, while a like mark with a "U" indicates coin silver, with the former introduced in 1855 (Hollan).... Click for details

Gorham circa 1870 "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3921f   This item is currently being auctioned


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This rendition of "Lily of the Valley" by Gorham is to be distinguished from the die struck pattern of the same circa 1870 date that features this flower and is also known as "No. 88," and certainly it is very far removed from the company's 1950 line called "Lily of the Valley."

An approach to silver flatware construction that was popular in the period, and one which showcases the artfulness of a given manufacturer, such items are assembled from a variety of components.

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Gale & Willis "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3918f   $44.00


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Noted York City silversmith William Gale participated in numerous partnerships over the course of his many working years. The mark on this 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon is "Gale & Willis," denoting his 1859-62 association with his son-in-law.

Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern is "Italian," which is very much a period design, much akin to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor." It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and... Click for details

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