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Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2851f   $52.00

Whiting
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and... Click for details

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Snuffbox, William Simpson c1827
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160918-01   $95.00

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Snuffbox, William Simpson c1827
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Offered is a very nice George IV silver snuff box, by William Simpson, Birmingham 1827-28, rectangular form, with engine-turned decoration, the hinged cover initialed in period script letters of "RHS" and with a gilt interior. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, 1827-28, and bears Simpson's maker's mark on the interior of the lid and body. This box measures about 2 1/2 inches in length by 1 3/8 inches across, and weighs about 40... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2844f   $56.00

Whiting
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight... Click for details

Towle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle with Gold Bowl
Silver : Sterling

Old Friends  
2839f   $42.00

Towle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle with Gold Bowl
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

There is... Click for details

Gorham "Meadow" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2837f   $75.00

Gorham
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A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

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

Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00

Wood and Hughes
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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

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ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2223   $150.00

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
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length 8 5/8 inches, weight 3.9 Troy ounces, monogrammed "B", outstanding original condition, marked "Shreve Crump & Low" with 925 in oval.

Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary... Click for details

Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2827f   $45.00

Black, Starr & Frost
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended... Click for details

Six Matched Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2826f   $110.00

Six Matched Westervelt
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2824f   $36.00

Unger Brothers
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, 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 of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2823f   $55.00

Whiting
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them... Click for details

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-02   $17.50

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
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Offered is a good Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoon crested with an armorial of a duck, by noted London silversmith Charles Boynton (II), and fully hallmarked for London, 1863. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is good overall, with some wear but no splits or repairs. The bowl is intentionally shallow. All in all a nice useful piece, over 150 years old!

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160819-04   $35.00

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
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Offered is a good set of Georgian Irish sterling silver sugar tongs, fully hallmarked for Dublin, circa 1828-29, with a maker's mark of WC, most likely for Dublin silversmith William Cummins. According to web sources, Cummins worked from 1813 to 1846, was quite successful, and was expert at his craft. His name was apparently sometimes spelled “Comyns”. This set of sugar tongs measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs a solid 46 grams. There is no monogram or armorial, and no sign... Click for details

Old Tiffany "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2817f   $90.00

Old Tiffany
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An early example of one of the company's most well-received patterns, "Chrysanthemum," this youth fork is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1880," and "M," this last identifier dating it no later than 1891.

The piece measures 6 1/16" long and, consistent with the line and the firm, is robust weight at 1.5 T. oz.

It is inscribed "F O'D" in script on the front.

It is in very good condition. There is some slight overall polishing softening of detail on the high spots of the... Click for details

Gebruder Kuhn, Germany, Cut Glass & 800 Silver Perfume Bottle
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2814f   $125.00

Gebruder Kuhn, Germany, Cut Glass & 800 Silver Perfume Bottle
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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter.... Click for details

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling Stuffing or Platter Spoon c1823
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160814-03   $165.00

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling Stuffing or Platter Spoon c1823
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Offered is an excellent Georgian sterling silver stuffing spoon by well-known London silversmith Robert Rutland, who was born 1785, entered his first mark around 1807 and a number of follow-on marks through 1826, and died 1828. Despite his short working life, a fair amount of Rutland's work has survived. This piece is of very good quality, with good weight and an expertly engraved armorial. This piece measures approximately 11 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 136 grams. This platter... Click for details

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