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Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2823f   $55.00


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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them... Click for details

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-02   $17.50


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Offered is a good Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoon crested with an armorial of a duck, by noted London silversmith Charles Boynton (II), and fully hallmarked for London, 1863. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is good overall, with some wear but no splits or repairs. The bowl is intentionally shallow. All in all a nice useful piece, over 150 years old!

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160819-04   $45.00


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Offered is a good set of Georgian Irish sterling silver sugar tongs, fully hallmarked for Dublin, circa 1828-29, with a maker's mark of WC, most likely for Dublin silversmith William Cummins. According to web sources, Cummins worked from 1813 to 1846, was quite successful, and was expert at his craft. His name was apparently sometimes spelled “Comyns”. This set of sugar tongs measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs a solid 46 grams. There is no monogram or armorial, and no sign... Click for details

Gebruder Kuhn, Germany, Cut Glass & 800 Silver Perfume Bottle
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2814f   $125.00


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A large item standing 4 1/4" tall and having a base diameter of 2 1/4", this perfume bottle is German in origin. It is stamped on the neck with the national "crescent and crown" mark, "800" for the silver content (800 parts out of a 1000), and a "standing unicorn" emblem for the maker, Gebruder Kuhn.

An estate piece dating from the first part of the 20th century, the bottle itself is high quality cut glass fitted with a substantial all silver cap that is 1 1/4" high and 1 7/16" in diameter.... Click for details

Fine Crested Georgian English Sterling Stuffing or Platter Spoon c1823
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160814-03   $165.00


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Offered is an excellent Georgian sterling silver stuffing spoon by well-known London silversmith Robert Rutland, who was born 1785, entered his first mark around 1807 and a number of follow-on marks through 1826, and died 1828. Despite his short working life, a fair amount of Rutland's work has survived. This piece is of very good quality, with good weight and an expertly engraved armorial. This piece measures approximately 11 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 136 grams. This platter... Click for details

Gorham "Virginia" Exceptionally Heavy Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2810f   $75.00


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Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.

This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.

The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.

It is without a monogram or removal and in... Click for details

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Silver : Sterling

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2220   $325.00


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Ball Black & Company circa 1875, with satyr's head handle, stepped oval foot, finely engraved crest and body (please see third image), height 3 5/8 inches, weight 4.74 Troy ounces, some staining to interior as shown but excellent overall condition, no monogram in opposing cartouche.

Watson "Altair" Sterling Silver Lettuce Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2808f   $70.00


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Measuring 8 3/16" long and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this lettuce fork bridges two related forms.

It is more substantial than the diminutively scaled, delicate tine, pieces used for soft lettuce, but it is not as robust as a salad serving fork.

The lengthy handle is the proportion of a lettuce fork, but more substantial. The tines, two of which are splayed and one barbed, are relatively wide and joined to a cupped, pierced heel, but still smaller than regular salad servers. ... Click for details

Gorham No. 418 Sterling Silver Figural Brandy Warmer
Silver : Sterling

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2804f   $55.00


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Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2802f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed. ... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2800f   $40.00


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A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script... Click for details

Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2799f   $38.00


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A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and... Click for details

Gorham 1902 Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Sealing Set Desk Tray
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2798f   $235.00


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Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style,... Click for details

Wood & Hughes Aesthethic Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2795f   $55.00


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Not a full flatware line, this singularly designed 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., pickle fork made by Wood & Hughes dates circa 1880.

The pattern is clearly rooted in Aesthetic sensibilities, with a marine theme. There are two shell motifs, one in the heel of the central of three tines, and one at the tip of the handle.

Radiating lines fan out from the broad, angular, handle shoulders, and meet a series of ripples that evoke waves, which probably not without coincidence, resemble Tiffany's... Click for details

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Chipped Beef Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2787f   $90.00


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A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this... Click for details

Wallace "Irian" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Gumbo Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2785f   $40.00


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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8... Click for details

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