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figural sterling mustard pot,
Silver : Sterling

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2220   $325.00

figural sterling mustard pot,
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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

Watson
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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

Tiffany "Florentine" Sterling Silver After Dinner Coffee Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2807f   $38.00

Tiffany
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Sized between a demitasse and a 5 o'clock spoon, this piece measures 4 5/8" long and weighs a relatively heavy .7 T. oz.

The pattern is Tiffany's turn of the 20th century, "Florentine," which is an elaborate and richly textured design.

It is in choice estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a bright finish, and retaining its original gold wash, front and backside, bowl.

There is an Old English "C" monogram on the handle reverse.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling,"... Click for details

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

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2804f   $55.00

Gorham No. 418 Sterling Silver Figural Brandy Warmer
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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

Durgin "Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2803f   $42.00

Durgin
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Dating from 1898, Durgin's "Orange Blossom" was the first of several Art Nouveau floral patterns that culminated with the company's spectacular "New Art" line.

Intricate and high relief like its successor designs, it is more two-dimensional in profile than they are.

The leaf and floral portraiture is more organic and naturalistic than Alvin's better known version of this same motif, "Old Orange Blossom" (OOB).

Durgin's is also less commonly found. Indeed this 5 3/8" long, just over... Click for details

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

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2802f   $46.00

Towle
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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

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Important Harvey Lewis Philadelphia c. 1815 Coin Silver Cann
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2801f   $450.00

Important Harvey Lewis Philadelphia c. 1815 Coin Silver Cann
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Relatively short-lived, born circa 1783, died 1835, Harvey Lewis nonetheless made a significant imprint in the realm of American silver smithing. His producing years, all in Philadelphia where he lived, extended from 1802-27.

Examples of his work can be found at Yale University, Winterthur, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A pair of canns, i.e. mugs, larger than but otherwise matching this one, are illustrated online, with a date of circa 1815, and identified as in a private collection.... Click for details

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

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2800f   $40.00

Gorham
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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

Old Reed & Barton
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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

Gorham 1902 Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Sealing Set Desk Tray
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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

Watson "Govenor Dummer" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2796f   $48.00

Watson
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Derivative of the early 20th century Colonial Revival movement in design, the pattern on this 8 1/4" long, 2.1 T. oz., small berry, aka casserole, spoon is in fact named after a Colonial period governor of Massachusetts, William Dummer (1677-1761).

Issued in 1925, it is markedly similar to Towle's popular "Mary Chilton" which was introduced a decade earlier in 1912.

Sharing the same diamond-shaped handle, Watson's iteration is more elaborated than Towle's. Rather than plain, the handle... Click for details

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

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2795f   $55.00

Wood & Hughes Aesthethic Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
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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

Georgian English Sterling Teaspoon by Alice & George Burrows, Ca. 1805
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160723-01   Sold

Georgian English Sterling Teaspoon by Alice & George Burrows, Ca. 1805
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Offered is a good Georgian English sterling silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark of Alice and George Burrows, and hallmarks indicating assay in London circa 1805. Alice and her son George worked together from about 1801 to about 1816-17, and were relatively successful. This teaspoon bears legible marks and is also engraved in period letters. This pieces measures about 5 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. Condition is fair to good overall, with some surface wear but no dents,... Click for details

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

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2787f   $90.00

Original Alvin
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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

Wallace
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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

Durgin "Spray" Sterling Silver Youth Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2780f   $85.00

Durgin
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One of Durgin's earliest line patterns, this design features a charming bouquet of flowers, leaves, and grasses tied in a bow. Although documentation for it is scant, "Spray" is an accepted name.

Examples of this show up in both coin and sterling silver, and are only occasionally identified as by Durgin. This youth set provide that association, as both pieces are stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Sterling."

The knife measures 7 1/2" long, while the fork is 6". Both pieces combined weigh just... Click for details

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