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Wallace "Nile" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
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3878f   $72.00


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Dating from 1908, Wallace's "Nile" pattern reflects the early 20th century shift away from the elaborate designs of immediately preceding decades to a cleaner, more straightforward look.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., all silver (later examples of this form often had stainless blades), tomato server.

It has a broad, 3" at the widest, splayed serving end with scalloped edges, a cupped heel, and reticulated surface.

The handle is engraved "McN" in script... Click for details

Hamilton & Diesinger Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3877f   $68.00


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Of a size, 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., that is larger than a typical nut scoop and smaller than a berry or cracker, the intended function of this piece is uncertain.

With a large, 2 7/8" by 2" at the widest, shovel like, serving end, it is nonetheless a versatile item.

Marked with the emblem of the Philadelphia firm of "Hamilton & Diesinger," successors to Davis & Galt, plus "Sterling," it dates 1895-99.

It is an attractive rococo design that features scrolls, gadrooning, and a central... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Narcissus Solid Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3876f   $225.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 6" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/8" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the... Click for details

Full Set of 12 Gorham "Zodiac" Sterling Silver Month Teapoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3875f   $350.00


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Comprised of a core grouping of ten different month spoons with two additions to complete the year, this assemblage consists of a full set of twelve Gorham "Zodiac" teaspoons.

Each piece measures 5 7/8" and is heavy, with the group weighing 14.6 T. oz., well over 1.0 T. oz. each on average.

The ten from the one group are all monogrammed on the reverses "EMT" in script, while the remaining two (August and December) are without monograms.

All pieces are in excellent condition, essentially... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3873f   $65.00


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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" featured a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This instance is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife, and features blueberries and leaves on a stem.

The blade has a curved lower edge and scalloped upper margin.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for a handsome line script "FAT" monogram and the marks, which are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," and "16."

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Ball Black & Co. c. 1865 Solid 950 Silver Melon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3871f   $165.00


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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle.

It is stamped "Ball Black & Co." for the premier New York City establishment of the period,... Click for details

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Duhme & Co., Cincinnati, "No. 2" Sterling Silver Tea Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3870f   $46.00


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Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silver manufacturer and jeweler, Duhme & Co., produced numerous designs that were clearly derivative, or even imitative, of other companies' work, but its early "No. 2" pattern was decidedly of its own devising.

It has sculpted margins decorated in scroll, leaf, flower, beading and lattice detail. The pattern at one and the same time appears Victorian and Elizabethan in nature.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.4 T. oz., tea or... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" A. Stowell & Co. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
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3868f   $52.00


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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

This is an early piece, unidentified as to... Click for details

Shiebler "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" Sterling Silver & 14k Gold Cuff I
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3867dd   On Hold


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George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this oval 2 5/8" by 2 3/8", just over .8 T. oz., cuff bracelet. It has an overlapping area, so is expandable beyond this size.

The gold appears to be a thin overlay rather than a separate cast and applied piece, although the figures are nonetheless set in... Click for details

Gibson & Langman, London 1897, Pair Sterling Silver Master Salts
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3866f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz. combined.

They are English in origin and fully hallmarked for London, 1897-98, sterling, and WB/JL for William Gibson and John Langman (also operating as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.).

Traditional in design, they are round, with heavily repoussed bodies, applied hatched rims, and stand on three lion's paw and shell legs.

Each piece has a reserve area which... Click for details

12 Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Fruit or Melon Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3863f   $335.00


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Each of these twelve, matching, spoons measures 5 3/4" long, with the group weighing 12.4 T. oz.

They are early examples of Gorham's "Buttercup" pattern, marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

With fully original (meaning not made up), pointed bowls that are slightly larger, i.e. wider, than typical grapefruit or orange spoons in this line, and having a central bottom ridge as well as fluting in the heel, and slightly flanged shoulders, this form... Click for details

Gorham "Old Baronial" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
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3861f   $75.00


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Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus... Click for details

Pair Large Footed Circa 1870 Sterling Silver Master Salts
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3860f   $175.00


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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

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Manchester Georgian Style Solid Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers
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3858f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century.

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William Scarlett, London 1728, "Hanoverian Rattail" Sterling Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3857f   On Hold


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Measuring 8" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz., this place spoon made by William Scarlett, London, during the last year or so of his life (d. 1729, source Grimwade). His slightly rubbed, but distinct "W over C" in a shield appears on the handle reverse. Other marks include a lion, crowned leopard, date letter "N," and an extraneous and peculiar "p."

This last mark apparently is something of a mystery to collectors of English period silver. A letter from Anthony Brown, that appears in the May/June... Click for details

Pierre Queille, Paris 1834-46, Crested .950 Silver Large Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3848f   $125.00


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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark.

Having a double lined, fiddle-shaped handle, the pattern incorporates a leaf and flower motif at the front and backside handle ends as well... Click for details

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