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Polhamus for Tiffany "French Thread" Tea or Dessert Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2689f   $42.00

Polhamus for Tiffany
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Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.

A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert. The pattern is "French Thread," aka... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" (Lily) Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2687f   $445.00

Durgin
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Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry... Click for details

English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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2685f   $125.00

English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient... Click for details

Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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20160331-02   Sold

Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
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Offered is a good earlier French first standard (950 fine) silver table spoon hallmarked for Paris, 1819-1838 and bearing the maker's mark of Veuve Andrieu. Veuve means "widow" in French, and this mark was used from 1833 to 1835 by Marie-Louise Dutertre, widow of Jean-Baptiste Andrieu. Andrieu is listed in the 1821 almanac as successor to Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau, a master who began during the ancien regime. Andrieu died in 1833 and was in turn succeeded by his widow. This maker's mark is... Click for details

H. Semken, Washington DC, "Repousse" Sterling Fish Serving Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2680f   Sold

H. Semken, Washington DC,
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A known jeweler and possibly silversmith, Henry Sempken was located in Washington, D.C., with dates either side of the Civil War.

This fish serving fork and slice carry his mark and the word "Sterling." The style, the sophistication, and the silver standard of this pair all suggest a time as late as the 1880s.

It is a spectacular pair in terms of pattern, decoration, quality of manufacture, scale, and condition.

The slice measures 10 7/8" long and weighs a hefty 4.2 T. oz. The four... Click for details

Georg Jensen "Bernadotte" Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
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2678f   $75.00

Georg Jensen
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A 3 7/8" long, and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this tea caddy spoon has an almost round, 1 5/8" diameter, bowl.

The pattern is Georg Jensen's "Bernadotte," first issued in 1939. The mark on this, which includes "Sterling" and "Denmark," has been in use since 1945.

It is in superb condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is brilliant, showing only faint surface scratches. The bowl is free of any dents, nicks, or burrs.

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Durgin "Watteau" Solid Sterling Blade Ice Cream Slice
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2677f   $195.00

Durgin
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A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Sterling & Enamel Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2676f   $35.00

Dominick & Haff
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No doubt responding to the late 19th century emergence of European enamel work as high fashion art, American silver manufacturers began to adorn examples their products with enamel detailing.

New York's Dominick & Haff seemed to favor its "Renaissance" pattern for this purpose, as this 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., teaspoon illustrates.

The design is intricate enough to accommodate enamel highlights as well as provide the necessary grid for the material to adhere to. (Enamel and silver... Click for details

Tiffany "Clinton" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2675f   $85.00

Tiffany
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An early 20th century design, Tiffany's "Clinton" pattern exhibits Arts & Crafts sensibilities, as evidenced in this 6 3/4" long, rather weighty at 1.6 T. oz., sauce ladle.

The handle is lengthy, slender, angular, and unadorned save for the domed terminus with a tipt backside. There is a thumb drop where the handle joins the 1 7/8" by 1 3/4" by 1/2 deep, oval bowl.

It has a two-dimensional, cursive, particular to Tiffany, "MKC" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is in excellent... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Cupid's Nosegay" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2669f   $55.00

Unger Brothers
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One of several, fanciful, Art Nouveau designs produced by Unger Brothers that feature ethereal figures, "Cupid's Nosegay" is captivatingly charming.

The nosegay (essentially a bouquet) is comprised of a gathering of floral elements and three clustered and one single cherub faces. The blossoms portrayed include irises and narcissus.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon engraved "Lucile 1903" on the backside of the bowl.

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

Towle "Merrimack" Sterling Silver Cucumber or Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2668f   $48.00

Towle
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An engraved pattern dating from 1916, Towle's "Merrimack" reflects the Colonial Revival qua Adams-esque design sensibilities of the period, and embodies as well Arts & Crafts character in its hammered surfaces.

This example is a 6 3/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., cucumber or tomato server. It has a pierced blade that is roughly square at 2 1/2" wide and 2 5/8" back to front.

It is without a monogram or removal and in outstanding condition. All aspects of the engraved design remain sharp and free... Click for details

Watson Figural "Bacchante" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2667f   $165.00

Watson Figural
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The theme of this 1895 pattern produced by Watson has an interesting origin.

Modeled after a statue designed by Frederick William MacMonnies originally given to the Boston Public Library in 1894 by its architect, Charles Follen McKim, the libertine subject was offensive to the prudish sensibilities of some of Boston's citizenry of the time. The gift was then withdrawn and subsequently presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Boston's public attitudes having become less... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Chocolate Muddler
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2666f   $95.00

Old International
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An early, original, example of International's Art Nouveau, lily motif, "Frontenac," this chocolate muddler measures 8 1/4" long and weighs a generous 1.3 T. oz.

It has an upturned handle end, a 1 1/2" round bowl that retains a residue of its original gold wash, and is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller helmet over shield emblem of International, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Without a monogram or removal, it is in superb condition. Pattern detail, with its stippled margins, remains sharp... Click for details

Bright Cut Christmas 1899 Sterling Napkin Ring
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2664f   $45.00

Bright Cut Christmas 1899 Sterling Napkin Ring
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Measuring 1 5/8" in diameter, standing 1" high, and weighing just over .7 T. oz., this plain band napkin ring is stamped "Sterling" and with the model number "11" on the inside. It is without a maker's identifier.

It has a matte finish surface with knurled margins and a bright cut leaf and scroll design.

There is a "TGM" script monogram in the reserve area of the engraved design, while the inside of the band is inscribed "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25 '99."

It is in excellent condition,... Click for details

John Hay, Edinburgh 1828, "Kings" Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2663f   $70.00

John Hay, Edinburgh 1828,
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At 9" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this large table or serving spoon has Scottish origins.

It is clearly stamped with a castle for Edinburgh, a thistle for sterling, a date letter W for 1828, and a bust duty mark. The maker's initials are "JH," for John Hay whose dates correspond with this.

The handle features a "Kings" pattern on the front, and a plain backside with a thumb drop on the heel of the bowl.

There is a script "G" monogram.

It is in exceptionally fine... Click for details

Wallace "Easter Morn" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2661f   $28.00

Wallace
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Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this teaspoon is a specialized item that was produced by Wallace, with a likely date early 20th century.

It is a highly refined piece, with an overall satin finish. The handle is bright cut in a lily blossom, stem, and leaf pattern.

The bowl has a deep, bronze-colored, gold wash that is acid etched through to the silver. The margins of the etching resemble a broken egg shell, exposing the words "Easter Morn" in the center. The lettering is... Click for details

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