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Whiting No. 1469A Swing Handle Acid Etched Sterling Silver Basket
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3381f   $125.00


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Likely dating from the 1880s, this 4 1/2" wide, 2" high to the rim, 4" to the top of the swing handle, 2.4 T. oz., basket, shows Aesthetic design influences.

The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.

There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body. Acid etching is a technique that produces a more textured surface than simple... Click for details

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

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3380f   $24.00


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Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm... Click for details

Durgin FAIRFAX pea spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2293   $350.00


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For our first listing of 2018, let's return to some good old fashioned pattern silver, a subject in which few folks seem to have any interest but we'll give it a shot because I'm a glutton for punishment and thrive on rejection.

Retailed by Boston's own late lamented and very elegant Bigelow Kennard, this implement is 8 5/8 inches long, weighs 2.76 Troy ounces, has no monogram and is in excellent condition. If memory serves me correctly, this is the first pea spoon we've ever offered in... Click for details

George Fox, London 1864, Sterling Silver Mustard Pot
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3377f   $165.00


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Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

The lid is engraved in a... Click for details

J.F. Fradley & Co. Solid Sterling Large Page Turner aka Paper Cutter
Silver : Sterling

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3376f   $90.00


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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condition. There are... Click for details

Polhhamus "Ionic" Sterling Silver Place Spoon Retailed by Tiffany & Co
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3374f   $34.00


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One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both... Click for details

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Porter Blanchard "Pointed" Arts & Crafts Sterling Serving Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3370f   $225.00


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Large items, each measuring 10 1/2" long, the fork of this silver pair weighs approximately 2.5 T. oz., and the spoon 2.9 T. oz.

They are stamped "Porter Blanchard," who was a prominent, 20th century name in California Arts and Crafts silver, and "Sterling," on the backsides of "Pointed (1800)" pattern handles.

Alternatively identified as a large salad set, or buffet or platter items, they present as slender, elongated pieces, with a narrow bowl on the spoon, and two lengthy, splayed... Click for details

Excellent Crested Georgian Sterling Silver Soup Ladle, London, 1824
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180101-01   $175.00


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Offered is a very fine crested fiddle pattern Georgian English sterling silver soup ladle, by a maker using the mark WC (perhaps William Chawner), fully hallmarked for London, 1824. This piece measures about 13 inches in length and weighs a heavy 185 grams, or around 6 troy ounces. The armorial is of a mailed arm wielding a dagger, with a flower? emerging from the tip. An interesting motif! Condition on this piece is excellent, with a good surface and little wear, and only the most minor... Click for details

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

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3365f   $98.00


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This fully original, solid silver, server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is in the form of a tomato server, but larger than that item (7 3/4" long in this pattern).

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end.

The blade is essentially round and flat, and has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3". It has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

The piece is without a monogram... Click for details

Eight Matching Boston c. 1865 Engraved Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3364f   $235.00


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Each of these eight, matching forks, measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs a substantial 11.6 T. oz.

Marked "Sterling," they were retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) and carry forward some of the design sensibilities of earlier coin silver flatware.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned terminals. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

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Durgin "Louis XV" Rococo Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork, No Monogram
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3360f   $55.00


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Issued in 1891, Durgin's "Louis XV" is a dense design that reflects quite a different, and more complex, interpretation of the motif from Whiting's much simpler pattern of the same name produced in the same year.

This example is a 7 7/8" long, relatively weighty 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork.

The overall condition is excellent and there is no monogram or removal. The tines retain a portion of an original gold wash and are pointed and free of bends or burrs. The pattern detail remains... Click for details

English Sterling Silver Old English Pattern Tablespoon, 8 3/4", 77g
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171231-02   $35.00


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Offered is a nice English sterling silver tablespoon in the Old English pattern, fully hallmarked for London, 1896. There is also a clear maker's mark that I haven't researched. This piece measures about 8 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 77 grams. This piece has no crest or monogram and shows no obvious sign of erasure. Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and scuffing from normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. This would make a nice server or a fill-in... Click for details

Watson Mid Century Modern Ball Feet Sterling Silver Dish Number A65
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3353f   $90.00


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Triangular in shape and with rounded corners, this shallow bowl or dish measures 5 1/2" on a side, weighs 4.4 T. oz., and sits on three ball feet.

It is solid silver, made by the Watson Company, whose "crown, W, lion," emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "A65" appear on the underside.

It is fully in the Mid Century Modern style, building upon sleek, plain, and clean design lines that are emblematic of the 1950s and 60s. It could readily serve as a prop in the home of Ward... Click for details

Tiffany "Tiffany" aka "Beekman" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3351f   $85.00


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The first in-house pattern produced by Tiffany became the company's namesake design, designated "Tiffany," and reflected Greek Revival design sensibilities. "Beekman" was an 1880s or 1890s reissue of the line, with slight changes.

This 7" long, 1.4 T. oz., preserve spoon is an example of the original pattern, retaining side knobs and having a pointed anthemion tip.

It is marked "Tiffany & Company," "Sterling," Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m," dating it no later than 1891.

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Gorham 1904 Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Napkin Ring Model B2306
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3349f   $68.00


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Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" across, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this is a moderate sized napkin ring.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "B2306" are imprinted on the inner wall.

It is engraved "Betty" flanked by "four years old . . . April 3 1904.," which date is consistent with the low tone Art Nouveau style of the piece.

The undulating edges have applied, acanthus leaf pattern rims, while the body has... Click for details

Birmingham 1811 Sterling with Bone Handle English Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3347f   $65.00


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Measuring 5" long overall, this tea caddy spoon has a sterling silver, shell-shaped, bowl that is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 1811, with a maker's stamp that appears to be "J.L" or "J.D".

It is fitted with a natural, likely bone, handle that has a rounded end and polished surface.

The bowl has a small, flat, hood that covers the heel, and a silver sleeve that accommodates the handle.

The piece is in excellent condition, showing no bends, tears, or other damage in the... Click for details

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