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Whiting Number 2888 lettuce fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2258   Sold


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the richly gilt, cast trident tines make this piece stand out from others in this fine old Victorian pattern. And in terms of condition, this is about as good as it gets.

Length just shy of nine inches, no monogram, scarce.

Knowles & Ladd QUEEN berry spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2257   Sold


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length inches, weight 2.17 Troy ounces, monogrammed "G" (?) in elaborate shaded script, obverse, and "1824 / 1874" reverse, reticulated gilt bowl engraved with ivy leaves, immaculate original condition.

We have never encountered a spoon with this boat-shaped flat bottom bowl in the past, and have conferred with a Very Knowledgeable Fellow who has owned one (yes, just one) before and is of the opinion that this is indeed a berry spoon.

Wood & Hughes LOUVRE fried oyster server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2256   $250.00


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length 10 1/8 inches, weight 3.34 Troy ounces, ornate four letter script monogram on reverse, excellent condition.

The blade features a restrained and well executed bit of engraving (please see third enlargement) with brite-cut foliage and shaded flowers.

Wood & Hughes LOUVRE jelly trowel
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2255   $195.00


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or jelly cake knife, if you'd prefer, length 9 1/8 inches, weight 1.84 oz. Troy, excellent condition save for a long shallow scratch on reverse of blade (please see second enlargement), monogrammed in script on reverse.

The obverse features a refined bit of engraving, done by a skilled and steady hand.

Unger Brothers "Secret of the Flowers" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3176f   $48.00


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Measuring 5 7/8" long, this teaspoon is weighty at just under 1.0 T. oz.

It was made by Unger Brothers whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling" and "925 Fine" mark appears on the backside.

The pattern is "Secret of the Flowers," dating from 1904. It is one of Unger's several near legendary, female figure, Art Nouveau designs issued in the one year.

It is without a monogram or removal and in excellent condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, without polishing wear. The... Click for details

Watson Six Sterling Silver Lemonade or Iced Tea Sterling Silver Straws
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3175f   $90.00


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These six matching lemonade or iced tea sipping straws are 8 1/4" long each, while the group weighs approximately 2.4 T. oz.

They were made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" mark (used 1910 forward) and the word "Sterling" are stamped near the upper ball ends.

Much of this sort of thing was produced by notions manufacturers whose quality does not match these made by a major silver firm.

The bowls are heart-shaped, with the lower portion of the tubes where they are attached angled... Click for details

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Gorham "465" Sterling Silver Victorian Toast or Bread Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3174f   On Hold


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Stamped with a "lion, anchor, G" for Gorham, "Sterling," the model number "465," and a date symbol for 1892, this item measures 6 3/8" long and weighs 1.1 T. oz.

Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.

The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.

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Black, Starr & Frost Repousse Sterling Silver Lid Glass Inkwell
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Old Friends  
3173f   $95.00


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A substantial piece, this inkwell has a 3" square by 2" tall glass base. This is plain walled with diamond cut beveled edges.

The top is silver mounted, fitted with a 2" collar with a hinged lid that rises to a maximum height of 1 3/4".

The cap is chased in an acanthus leaf and floral design and has a large, script "ER" monogram set in the upper center.

The rim is stamped "Sterling," "Black, Starr & Frost" (used 1874-1908) for the renowned New York City firm, and with the company's... Click for details

Hebbard & Moore "Engraved Ivy" Twist Handle Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3172f   $32.00


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A 6" long, .7 T. oz., this piece was likely an individual for ice cream spoon, although it could even have been a sugar.

Stamped "H & M" for the partnership of (Henry) Hebbard & (George) Moore, New York City, it dates 1861-65.

It is also stamped "Sterling," and while coin silver was still the dominant standard in this period, Hebbard retailed much of his output through Tiffany, which required sterling, so he likely produced with this in mind.

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George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle, Fancy Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3170f   $95.00


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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Pickle Fork and Knife Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3168f   $135.00


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A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again... Click for details

Water pitcher by Karl Leinonen, Boston, 1st quarter 20th century
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5338   $1,360.00


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Single scroll handle, applied ring base, reinforcing wire outside of rim. Height 8-3/4", maximum horizontal dimension 8", capacity three pints, weight 24-1/3 troy ounces. The monogram is an ornate script RSRP(?) on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Fine Scottish Silver Teaspoon, Glasgow, 1821 - Interesting Engraving
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170625-09   $24.00


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Offered is a very good Scottish sterling silver spoon hallmarked for Glasgow, 1821. The pattern is a fiddle thread and shell or King's shape variant, and is single-struck. The engraving includes a number below the monogram, something occasionally seen on flatware where the owner wanted a little extra security against light-fingered servants or guests. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest wear and a few tiny dings... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Tongs, Early
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3162f   On Hold


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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and... Click for details

Durgin IRIS orange knives, three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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

Old Friends  
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

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