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Durgin IRIS orange knives, three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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.

It is in outstanding condition. It is... Click for details

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).

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."

Compare our price with the folks who Replace your stuff @70.00

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

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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

Howard Solid Sterling Silver Paneled Mustard Pot, Late 19th C.
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3147f   $135.00


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Standing 3 3/8" tall to the top of the finial, 3 3/8" at the widest to the edge of the handle, and weighing just under 4.0 T. oz. this solid silver mustard pot was made by Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Sterling Company and retailed by Boston's Shreve, Crump, & Low according to the stamps on the underside. Additional marks include "Sterling," "925/1000," "4522," and "Pat '93."

Traditional in style, this has six paneled sides, rests on a footed base, has a beaded border on the upper rim,... Click for details

Durgin IRIS fish forks, eight
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2248   Sold


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retailed by Hardy & Hayes, length 7 3/8 inches, weight 15 Troy ounces, monogrammed "C", fine condition.

If pressed as to why you, dear reader, should buy these Iris fish forks as opposed to some others listed elsewhere on the interwebz, I'd have to say that ours are probably in better condition. If pressed even harder, I'd confess that these are also attractively priced.

Gorham Colonial Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3140f   $140.00


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This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.

This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent... Click for details

Gorham 1888 "Versailles" Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3138f   $110.00


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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides... Click for details

Gorham "Maryland" Solid Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3137dd   $185.00


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Extravagant items, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by massive, pierced, scoop bowls, which is the case with this example made by Gorham.

The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has... Click for details

Gorham "588" Sterling Silver 19th Century Bonbonniere
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3136f   $165.00


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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and... Click for details

Howard Sterling Co. "Josephine" Sardine Server, Fancy, Pierced
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3133dd   $68.00


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Many of Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Silver Company's patterns were absorbed by Rogers Williams Silver which in turned merged with Mauser to form the Mount Vernon Co., itself finally taken over by Gorham.

The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word... Click for details

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