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Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-03   Sold

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
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Offered is a fine 19th Century English sterling silver wine taster by the well-known partnership of John Aldwinckle and Thomas Slater. This would also make a good small dressing table dish, such as for rings. This piece is fully hallmarked for 1889-90, and is in fine condition, with light wear and some minor areas of stubborn tarnish, but no dents or repairs. This piece measures a bit over 3 1/2 inches across, and weighs about 54 grams. All in all a fine example of antique English silver!

Tuttle "Windsor Castle" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2223f   $45.00

Tuttle
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"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded... Click for details

Alvin "Raleigh" Large, Pierced Sterling Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2209f   $105.00

Alvin
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Exceptionally large for this form, this fully original, solid silver, tomato server measures 9" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is substantial enough to lend itself to a variety of serving functions beyond its original purpose.

The pattern is Alvin's "Raleigh," issued in 1900. It is a fancy bead and scroll design, with an upturned handle end. The rounded blade has a slightly tapered edge and measures 3 1/2" by 3", has scalloped shoulders and an intricately cut surface.

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4 pc. tea & coffee service by Arthur Stone
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5155   $4,600.00

4 pc. tea & coffee service by Arthur Stone
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Teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl with cover, creamer. Journeymen H, U, and C. Elliptical, verticql ribbing on base and bodies and on neck of coffee pot. Hinged lid on pots. Urn finials on all but creamer. Height of coffee pot 11-1/2", teapot 8-3/4", sugar (with lid) 6", creamer 6". Maximum horizontal dimension of coffee pot 8-3/4", teapot 10-1/2", sugar bowl 7", creamer 5-3/8". Total weight 76.3 troy ounces. Capacity of pots 2 pints each.

Boatswain's whistle by Wood & Hughes
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Gebelein  
5153   $250.00

Boatswain's whistle by Wood & Hughes
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With woven lanyard. Marked incuse W&H STERLING. Length 5-1/2" Weight 9 dwt. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Davis & Galt "Kings" Shell Bowl Sterling Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2206f   $45.00

Davis & Galt
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Davis & Galt was a Philadelphia partnership that references suggest began in 1888 and was relatively short-lived, with the company itself continuing into the second decade of the 20th century.

A manufacturer of numerous unnamed patterns, this example is a well-designed "Kings" motif.

It is a 5 3/4" long, not quite .9 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle. The handle is slender, thereby presenting as lengthy. The bowl is a charming and novel hemispherical, 1 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, scallop... Click for details

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Gorham Repousse Sterling Handle Whisk Broom
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Old Friends  
2204f   $50.00

Gorham Repousse Sterling Handle Whisk Broom
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Whisk brooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was... Click for details

Kirk "Lily" Solid Sterling Individual Butter Spreader
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2196f   $22.00

Kirk
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"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Bead" 950 Standard Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2195f   $20.00

Ball, Black & Co.
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Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a... Click for details

Frank Smith "Priscilla" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2188f   $46.00

Frank Smith
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A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this... Click for details

Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2182f   $110.00

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2178f   $95.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2176f   $45.00

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Old Friends  
2174f   $145.00

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
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Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. Contemporary catalogs identity the form as a mayonnaise bowl. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2"... Click for details

Crichton, London, 1912 "Pistol Grip" All Sterling Silver Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2171f   $60.00

Crichton, London, 1912
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is... Click for details

Early Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2170f   $100.00

Early Durgin
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Erroneously attributed by Tere Hagen in her reference work on flatware identification to Reed & Barton, this floral pattern is an early line pattern that was produced by William Durgin. Hagen calls it "Spray" but there is no documentation to that effect. The design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and only occasionally with the Durgin name or mark. This is stamped "Sterling" and "Pat.... Click for details

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