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International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Old, No Mono
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3130dd   $115.00


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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no... Click for details

Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd) Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3129f   $265.00


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Dating from 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The... Click for details

Wallace "Washington" All Sterling Hooded Asparagus Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3127dd   $185.00


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Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most... Click for details

Whiting "Ivy" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3124f   $165.00


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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according... Click for details

Durgin "Bead" Pierced Bowl Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3123dd   $120.00


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Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

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Heavy Crested Georgian Fiddlethread and Shell Master Salt Spoon c1830
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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20170601-03   $25.00


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Offered is a good heavy Georgian sterling silver master salt spoon bearing London hallmarks for 1830 and a maker's mark of "WE", probably for William Eaton. This piece is engraved with a period armorial of a mailed? arm grasping what appears to be a riding crop. This master salt spoon is heavy and large, measuring about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 28 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some surface wear from a century and a half of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. There... Click for details

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S. Kirk & Son Co. "Repousse" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Vintage
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3120f   $55.00


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Bearing an early mark used 1896-1914, "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000," and with the model number "471," this pair of tongs measure 4 1/4" long and are relatively heavy at approximately 1.0 T. oz.

One of several sizes made in the "Repousse" pattern, probably varying over the decades long production run of this pattern, this one is medium length.

It has highly articulated talon grips.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright. The... Click for details

Thomas Wallis, London, 1797, Crested Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3119f   $65.00


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Imprinted with a duty mark (bust) that was used only from July 6, 1797 to May 28, 1798, during the reign of George III, this piece is also stamped with a lion for sterling, date letter "B," and "TW," for Thomas Wallis.

It is a small, well-crafted, 5" long, .7 T. oz., sugar sifter, with a round, 1 1/2" diameter, bowl that has a flat bottom and a tapered wall.

The handle is slender and gracefully curved in the lower portion and then broadens, finished with a reverse tipt, "Old English,"... Click for details

Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3118f   $135.00


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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to... Click for details

William Comyns & Sons, London, 1895, Sterling Double Picture Frame
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3117f   $165.00


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Asymmetrical, this picture frame measure 4 5/8" at the widest and 3" at the tallest. The silver only portion, without the glass or backing, weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, William Comyns, London, 1895-96.

The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures.

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Gorham Old "Medici" Sterling Silver Large Carving Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3115f   $150.00


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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Small Cold Meat Fork, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3113f   $100.00


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One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts.

It has four tines, one of which has a beveled edge; the basket of flowers and... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Five O'Clock Spoon, One of Three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3112f   $18.00


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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, "Kings" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3111f   $75.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

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Tiffany "Persian" Sterling Silver Creamer & Sugar Dated 1884
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3110f   $395.00


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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

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George Smith III Fish Crest Sterling Silver Tongs London 1700s
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3108f   $90.00


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This pair of sugar tongs measure 5 1/16" long and are exceptionally weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz.

They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.

They are finely made and in choice condition.

Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim. This extends around the margins of the round cup grips and the broad, concave arch.

The arch has a novel crest illustrating the tail of a... Click for details

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