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Early (1746) Norwegian Master Salt Spoon by Lorentz Hoffman/Hofmand
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170205-01   $37.50


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Offered is a rare 270-year old Norwegian master salt spoon by Frederikshald (now known as Halden) silversmith Lorentz Hoffman (alternate spelling, Hofmand), who was born circa 1692 and died in 1767. This piece is marked LH over 1746 for the maker's mark and year of manufacture, and FH for Frederikshald. These marks appear in "Norske Solvstempler" by Jorunn Fossberg, page 29. The third mark may be an assay master's mark, but I can't be certain. It is quite uncommon to see domestic Norwegian... Click for details

Heavy and Well-Made, Highly Decorated Victorian English Sterling Tongs
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170204-02   $45.00


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Offered is a very fine pair of unusually well-decorated English Victorian sterling silver fiddle pattern sugar tongs, with extensive relief engraving to the bow and both arms, down to the grips. This piece also features a nicely done period script monogram of "AT & MT". The tongs are fully hallmarked for London, 1872, and bear a maker's mark of what appears to be TH over TH. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, including details of the decoration and the maker's mark... Click for details

Shiebler Heraldic "Sandringham" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2996f   $95.00


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A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895,... Click for details

Peter, Ann & William Bateman Georgian Sterling Silver Engraved Tongs
Silver : Sterling

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2993f   $125.00


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Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

All outward facing surfaces are... Click for details

Superb English Sterling Silver Fish Slice, 1843 - Piercing Spells FISH
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-06   $275.00


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Offered is one of the most eye-catching and unusual English sterling silver fish slices I've ever seen, let alone come across. Please carefully review all the pictures. This piece is fully hallmarked for London, 1843, and appears to bear a maker's mark used by specialist maker John James Whiting. This fish server has interesting die-struck rococo decoration to the handle, and gorgeous pierced work to the blade, which spells FISH in fancy script. The piercing is so ornate that it takes a... Click for details

Old Gorham "Strasbourg" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2988f   $42.00


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Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

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Original "Les Sixes Fleurs" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2985f   $65.00


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One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside... Click for details

Arts & Crafts "L" Maker Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2976f   $65.00


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A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl.

It is in very good... Click for details

Gorham Martelé shaped rectangular bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2235   Sold


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Let's take a moment to reflect upon why a dealer, or at least Yours Truly, chooses to add an item to inventory.

Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact.

Why? Because Gorham made a bit of a bargain with the devil, and used .950 or .9584 silver to... Click for details

English Sterling Silver 1895 Horse Racing Trophy with Provenance
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2973f   $325.00


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Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T.... Click for details

Norman of London Georgian Style Sterling Silver Muffineer
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2972f   $215.00


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A lofty item, this sugar caster, aka muffineer, stands 8" tall on a footed base that is 2 1/2" in diameter. Its substantial 6.8 T. oz. weight is commensurate with its size.

English "Georgian" in style, it has a bulbous body with a tall, fitted sleeve, tiered lid surmounted by an urn shaped finial.

The lid has a series of swirled, patterned piercings offset by fine engraved bands.

The underside is stamped "Norman of London" over "New York," "Sterling," and with the number "10N." ... Click for details

Robert Makepeace II, London 1795, Sterling Silver Sugar Scissor Nips
Silver : Sterling

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2971f   $175.00


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A late 18th century item, these sterling sugar nips are stamped on each finger holder with a lion and "RM" for Robert Makepeace II whose mark was entered into the London registry in 1795 (Grimwade).

Noted as a good maker in "Jackson's Hallmarks," his capacities show in this item measuring 5" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz.

They are solid silver, with cast, scroll form arms and clam shell grips.

The round crosspiece is inscribed "D" over "L*I" in block lettering.

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Fine Set of 9 Canadian Coin Silver Teaspoons by James Leslie of Ottawa
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170115-04   $95.00


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Offered is a rare set of nine Canadian coin silver teaspoons by Ottawa, ON maker James Leslie (1848-95). These spoons each bear his early maker's mark and probably date to the 1870s. Each has a clear maker's mark and several pseudo-hallmarks. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length on average, and the set weighs a total of about 166 grams. Each spoon is engraved with a well-executed period script monogram of "W". Condition overall is fair to good, with some spoons having dents or... Click for details

Hennegan, Bates Co., Baltimore, Pair Engraved Sterling Silver Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2962f   $90.00


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Each of these two identical place forks measures 7 1/16" long. They are heavy, with the pair weighing 3.4 T. oz. combined.

Dating from the late 19th century, they are high quality items stamped "Hennegan, Bates Co." for the prominent Baltimore firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work, largely bright cut, is set against an enhancing... Click for details

Bowl by Joel Hewes,; Titusville, PA, c. 1930
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5293   $790.00


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Seven lobes. Diameter 6-1/4". Height 2". Weight 11.1 troy ounces. No monogram. Overall and mark condition excellent.

Gale & Willis Sterling Silver Engraved Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2959f   $90.00


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One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8"... Click for details

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