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

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2258f   $325.00

Dominick & Haff
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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Dominick & Haff's "Labors of Cupid" is an exceptionally fanciful, reticulated, figural pattern. It features a range of imagery incorporating putti-like characters engaged in various enterprises. The imagery varies from piece to piece and is appropriate to the item function.

This example is a 9 3/8", extraordinarily heavy, 4.8 T. oz., salad serving fork. There are three cupid figures, one standing and serving from a bowl, with the other two seated... Click for details

Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Round Flat Sterling Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2253f   On Hold

Frank Smith
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This solid sterling silver item measures 8" long and has a flat, round serving end. It is a robust piece, having a thick shank and weighs an exceptionally heavy 3.4 T. oz.

Functionally it may be a hot cake lifter or an unpierced tomato server. In either case, it is an impressive piece.

The pattern is "Newport Shell," which is a beaded edge design with a shell terminus. This is an old example, not one of the later production pieces produced by Towle. It is marked "925/1000,"... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Engraved" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2251f   $155.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling ThisSugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2250f   $65.00

Old International
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This 4 13/16" long, relatively heavy 1.1 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs are stamped with the helmet over shield emblem of the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of International Silver, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Frontenac," a long run, popular, early 20th century, Art Nouveau lily design. This is an early production item in immaculate condition. It retains sharp detail showing even the stamens and pollen flecks on the blossoms, and has a stippled background on much of the... Click for details

Charming Paye & Baker Olive Pattern Sterling Olive Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2249f   $48.00

Charming Paye & Baker Olive Pattern Sterling Olive Fork
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The olive berry, leaf, and blossom design on this two-tine, 6 7/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item leaves no question as to its purpose.

Made by Paye & Baker whose P&B mark within hearts (along with the word "Sterling") appears on the backside, it follows after myriad other appealing Art Nouveau designs produced by that company in the early 1900s.

A slender piece, the trident tines are relatively broad and have matte gold finishes.

It is in mint condition. There is no wear or... Click for details

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Long Sterling Silver Salad Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2248f   $195.00

Old Gorham
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An early example marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900," this item is a long handle salad serving spoon. It measures 10 1/8" overall and weighs a substantial 3.7 T. oz.

It has the decorated flanged shoulders characteristic of older pieces, as well as an up-turned handle end, and a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, "ACB" monogram on the backside.

In superb condition. All features of the buttercup blossoms and leafy elements remain crisp and sharply... Click for details

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Shiebler "Diamond" Sterling Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2247f   $36.00

Shiebler
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A pattern that originated with New York's John Polhamus, "Diamond" was eventually absorbed into George Shiebler's stable of flatware patterns. Although patented in 1874, it carries forward many of the Gothic Revival design sensibilities of the 1860s, and successfully so.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., sugar spoon with a shell form bowl. It has an "MW" monogram inscribed on front of the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition, free of polishing wear and with a... Click for details

Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2246f   $85.00

Large Gorham
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is... Click for details

Josephy Seymour "Thistle" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2245f   $35.00

Josephy Seymour
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Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of... Click for details

Dominick & Haff 5 1/2 Pint 1894 Sterling Water Pitcher
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2243f   $735.00

Dominick & Haff 5 1/2 Pint 1894 Sterling Water Pitcher
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A truly grand piece in scale, this water pitcher measures 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the spout, 8 1/2" at the widest, 6" in diameter at the thickest part of the body, and sits on a rimmed base that is 4 1/2" across. It it as substantial in weight as it is in scale, tipping out at 29.3 T. oz.

Its design and quality of manufacture are as impressive as its size. It was made by New York's highly regarded Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem, embossed with the date 1894, appears on the... Click for details

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
Silver : Sterling

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20141007-02   $45.00

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
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Offered is a fine 19th Century Channel Islands silver teaspoon made in Jersey by the partnership of Thomas De Gruchy and John Le Gallais. De Gruchy and Le Gallais worked in partnership from 1831 to 1846, when De Gruchy died. This spoon bears a typical four-letter Channel Islands engraved monogram, and the TDG over JLG maker's mark used by the partnership. This spoon measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs,... Click for details

Original 1900 "Oval Twist" Sterling Silver Wax Sealer
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2241f   $65.00

Original 1900
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Fully authentic, and not a later fabrication, this 3 3/4" long, .7 T. oz., wax sealer is inscribed "Nov 26," on one side and "1900" on the other.

It is also marked "Sterling," model number "51," and with a maker's symbol which may be Whiting's lion, but as this is set on a ridge and difficult to read. Whiting as a maker is further advanced by the design on the hollow, flat-sided, handle matches that company's "Oval Twist," with the addition of a scroll end the two reserves on the sides. ... Click for details

Very Fine Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2240f   $55.00

Very Fine Old Whiting
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Measuring just over 6" long, and extra weight at 1.2 T. oz., this youth fork is marked with the Whiting lion logo and "Sterling" on the back of the handle, and stamped "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902" in fine lettering on the heel of the tine area.

It is an exceptionally fine, early, example of Whiting's stand out Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern.

There is a flowing scipt "MKW" monogram.

It retains superb pattern detail and has a lustrous finish. The tines are pointed, even, straight, and free... Click for details

John Smyth, Dublin, 1855 Sterling "Tipt" Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2238f   $95.00

John Smyth, Dublin, 1855 Sterling
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European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,... Click for details

Huge Durgin "Du Barry" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2236f   $265.00

Huge Durgin
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Perhaps the largest of any serving spoon in the "Du Barry" line, this item measures 9 3/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 5.3 T. oz.

It was retailed by New York City's "Theodore B. Starr," as stamped on the backside of the bowl. Other marks are the Durgin "D," and the word "Sterling."

An elaborate design, "Du Barry" features high relief leafy sprays complimented by small branches of what appear to be laurel leaves. The design is carried into the bowl, which is finished in a... Click for details

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2233f   $85.00

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked... Click for details

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