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George III English Sterling Stuffing Spoon by John Lias, Circa 1787
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-04   $100.00


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Offered is a good late 18th Century English sterling silver stuffing spoon hallmarked for London, 1787 and bearing a makers mark of IL, which is probably one of the marks used by John Lias. This piece is also decorated with a well-executed period engraved feathered script monogram of "RMM". It measures about 11 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 92 grams. Condition is good overall, with two tiny shallow dimples in the bowl and a few small scratches, but no major dents and no splits or... Click for details

Whiting Mid 19th Century "Calla Lily" Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2888f   $365.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was... Click for details

Lattice Sterling Mustard Pot with Ladle and Ruby Red Glass Liner
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2887f   $90.00


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Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

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London 1900-1 Jones & Willis Sterling Silver & Wood Pie Trowel
Silver : Sterling

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2883f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T. oz., including the handle, which comprises a relatively insignificant... Click for details

Blackinton "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2877f   $65.00


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An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold... Click for details

Stieff Williamsburg No. "R.T. 28" Sterling Silver Open Round Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2874f   $145.00


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Measuring 5 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" high, and weighing a substantial 5.3 T. oz., this item was made by The Stieff Company of Baltimore.

Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."

It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.

There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side.

In exceptionally fine condition, it sits... Click for details

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Elliptical sterling picture frame by Dominick & Haff, New York
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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5286   $145.00


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Photo in this entry is of the back of the frame. The glass-covered window shows plaited hair (original to the frame and attached to a slice of shell), not of the tintype in the frame). Small ring at top of frame (to hang on a chain?). The picture in the frame is a tintype of an older woman, which says on its back "Mother's mother/my grandmother?/Found with mother's stuff". Height of body of frame 2-5/8". Height including ring 2-7/8". Width of frame 2-1/8". Weight of frame (all in) 2-1/4 troy... Click for details

Miniature coffee and tea service, Mexican, marked STERLING and maker
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Gebelein  
5285   $145.00


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Coffee pot, teaot, kettle-on-stand, sugar bowl creamer, tray marked STERLING and . . MENC (first part of mark rubbed). All pieces except creamer have lids with small turquoise finials (even though one lid didn't make it into the photo). No monogram. Overall condition excellent. Mark condition of STERLING very good, right end of maker's mark excellent, left end poor.

Pastry server by Potter Mellen, Cleveland, c. 1940
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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5281   $360.00


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Blade turns up, undulating shape at top edge. Downturned fiddle handle. Blade and handle are separate (soldered). Length 9-1/2". Blade length 3-7/8". Blade width 3-1/2". Weight just under 4 troy ounces. The monogram is a script OMD lengthwise. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Frank Smith "Oak" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2870f   $60.00


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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several... Click for details

Six Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cocktail Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2864f   $135.00


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These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set... Click for details

Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2862f   $265.00


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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is... Click for details

Exceptional Watson "Little Bo Beep" Sterling Silver Figural Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2860f   $44.00


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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that... Click for details

Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Gold Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2858f   $95.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2856f   $65.00


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Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled... Click for details

James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2855f   $150.00


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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

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