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Watson "Floral" Owatonna Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2307f   $30.00

Watson
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One from Watson's early 20th century Art Nouveau floral line, this motif is not as readily found as other designs in the series.

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon. As is the case for all of Watson's work of this sort, the die and finish work reflect a high level of refinement. The pattern is set in very high relief and precisely rendered, incorporating fine detail.

The bowl of this piece has a pale, matte gold surface and is engraved with the image of a... Click for details

George III wine funnel, maker TW
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2204   $550.00

George III wine funnel, maker TW
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London 1778, height 4 3/4; diameter 3 1/4 inches, weight 3.67 Troy ounces, a few very minor dents which won't show up in photos but fine overall condition (there's a bit of distress to the tip-- see fourth photo-- greatly enlarged here), monogrammed as shown.

The perfect gift for your wine loving friend, who will appreciate that the muslin ring remains present, when the time comes to decant that special bottle of port...

John Bridge, London 1826, Sterling Stuffing Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2303f   $225.00

John Bridge, London 1826, Sterling Stuffing Spoon
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John Bridge, whose "I.B" mark appears on the backside of this 11 7/8" long, nearly 2.6 T. oz. stuffing or platter spoon, is identified in Jackson's as an important maker. In partnership Philip Rundell, he held the Royal Warrant for a considerable period of time in the 19th century, including 1826 the year this was made. In addition to the date letter and maker's letters, this is stamped with a leopard's head and lion.

It has a down-turned reverse tipt end and an exposed thumb drop on the... Click for details

Watson "Grape" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Fruit Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2302f   $46.00

Watson
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Watson produced an extensive line of fruit, floral, and even vegetable patterns around the turn of the 20th century that were exceptionally finely rendered and reflected Art Nouveau sensibilities.

An example from that series, this 6 1/8" long, heavy at nearly 1.2 T. oz., spoon has an elongated and pointed bowl and is probably for citrus.

The motif is grape, showing a large cluster of high relief fruit surrounded by leaves and sinuous vines. The backside repeats the theme in diminished... Click for details

Old Dominick & Haff "Labors of Cupid" Cocktail Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2299f   $65.00

Old Dominick & Haff
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Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm. Wise & Son."

A multi-motif, figural design, the pattern incorporates various... Click for details

Early Indian Colonial Silver Cup by George Gordon & Co.
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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20141202-01   $125.00

Early Indian Colonial Silver Cup by George Gordon & Co.
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Offered is a fine early Indian colonial silver christening cup by George Gordon & Company, working in Madras between 1822 and 1842 (see pages 44-46 of Wilkinson's "Indian Colonial Silver". This cup bears a good legible maker's mark, a period script engraved name of "Blanche", and is in very good condition, with minimal wear for its age and no dents, splits or repairs. There is period gilding to the interior. This piece measures a bit over 3 1/8 inches in height to the rim, and weighs about 84... Click for details

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Figural Gorham "Piper" Sterling Youth Spoon Gold Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2297f   $55.00

Figural Gorham
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would... Click for details

Shiebler "Homeric" Sterling Bracelet
Silver : Sterling

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2295dd   $525.00

Shiebler
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Measuring 7 3/4" long by 7/8" at the widest, and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this sterling silver bar bracelet is model number "569" by Shiebler. The maker's "winged S" emblem, this number, and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the backside.

It is in the "Homeric," aka "Etruscan," style for which Shiebler is renowned. The hammered, irregular surfaces also suggest Aesthetic influences, which is consistent with the circa 1880 date of this.

There are six individual disks joined by... Click for details

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2293f   $40.00

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
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Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work.

There is an Old English "T.F.H." monogram set sideways on the... Click for details

Polhamus for Tiffany "Ionic" Sterling Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2291f   $38.00

Polhamus for Tiffany
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer 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... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Rose" Enamel on Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2289f   $25.00

Reed & Barton
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One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." ... Click for details

Old Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2286f   $22.00

Old Gorham
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

India Trade silver card case,
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2203   $350.00

India Trade silver card case,
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a rare, diminutive example, 3 1/8 X 1 7/8 X just under 1/2 inches, weight 2.3 Troy ounces.

It is an unusual pleasure to find an object which is engraved ("J. Diprose, EsqR / from J.J.G. Bombay") with both a name and a location, to lend it an added sense of history.

This item is superb in both design and execution. Though we always hesitate to say "flawless condition," one would be hard-pressed to find fault. If your collection wants for a representative from Victorian era silver... Click for details

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9" Bowl with Sterling Rim
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2281f   $175.00

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

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Towle "Old Brocade" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2280f   $60.00

Towle
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Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the marks, which include the Towle emblem,... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Columbia" Sterling Silver Jam Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2279f   $35.00

Reed & Barton
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At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an... Click for details

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