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Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Large, Weighty
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2603f   $70.00

Towle
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Both large, at 4 7/8" long, and heavy, at nearly 1.3, T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are a very fine example of Towle's "Old Colonial."

This is an older piece, with a reinforced arch, and decorative beading on the claw grips.

Without a monogram or removal, they are in superb condition. There are no bends, nicks, dents, or polishing wear. The finish is lustrous.

Marks are the Towle lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1895."

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2602f   Sold

Old Gorham
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An early example of Gorham's "Buttercup," this 5" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sardine fork is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat. 1900."

The 2" wide, seven tine, serving end has decorated shoulders which is a detail found only on older pieces, and a reticulated heel.

It is without a monogram and in immaculate condition. Pattern detail remains sharp and well-defined, and the finish is even and bright. The tines are straight, even, and... Click for details

Geo. C. Shreve Custom "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2585f   $95.00

Geo. C. Shreve Custom
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A custom made or special order item, this 7 7/8" long, approximately 2.0 t. oz., serving spoon was produced, or more precisely, adapted, by San Francisco's George C. Shreve.

It is apparently modified from a Whiting "Louis XV" pattern. It retains the "Sterling" and "Pat. 1891" marks of that line, accompanied by "Geo. C. Shreve & Co." It apparently dates between 1891 and 1894, when the name of the firm became "Shreve & Co."

The piece incorporates two modifications, both of which reflect... Click for details

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160110-01   $225.00

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
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Offered is a fine and rare example of a period George III "Onslow" or "Scroll" pattern stuffing or platter spoon, sometimes also called a gravy spoon. This pattern is highly sought after, to the point that there are many later alterations out there. However, those spoons are not generally joined in the same way the period Onslow serving pieces were; a period spoon should have a scarf joint joining the cast scroll end to the stem, as this spoon does (see pictures). And, this spoon bears the... Click for details

Ten Durgin "Shell" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks, Long Handle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2581f   $235.00

Ten Durgin
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With elongated handles, these ten, matching, oyster or seafood cocktail forks measure 7" long. The group weigh a substantial 7.7 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1890 "Shell. Having a slender, essentially tubular, central shank, the ends broaden to a rounded, upturned end, which hosts the concave shell form. These embody a refined elegance. The design is understated, while the highly tactile finish has a satin smoothness.

The tines are delicately-scaled, with the outer two of the three... Click for details

Original Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2979f   $45.00

Original Durgin
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A fully authentic example, that is, not made up or custom made, this butter pick measures 6 1/8" long and is relatively heavy at just over .6 T. oz.

The pattern is Durgin's 1895 "Empire." Apropos of the name, the main feature is a crown, combined with cornucopia, a torch, a garland, and floral elements, all offered in a French manner.

A slender piece, it has the twist end tip characteristic of this form. The backside of the handle is engraved "Austin" in script.

It is in very good... Click for details

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Ten Lunt "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2975f   $235.00

Ten Lunt
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Stamped with the early "Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen" three part emblem, along with the word "Sterling," the pattern on these ten, matching, three tine, ice cream forks dates from 1903.

Each fork is 5 5/8" long and has the same three part script monogram. The group together weigh 6.7 T. oz.

An expressive interpretation of the narcissus flower, the design fully reflects Art Nouveau sensibilities. Fluid, flowing leaves trail up the margin of the handle, which is topped by a large, high relief,... Click for details

Arthur Stone "Hanoverian" Midrib Sterling Silver Ladle, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2973f   $125.00

Arthur Stone
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This 6 1/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., sauce ladle exhibits all the fine qualities associated with Arthur Stone hand crafted silver.

Expressive of the Arts & Crafts sensibility, it is a clean and straightforward piece. It borrows its name, "Hanoverian," and design inspiration from an early English style, and consistent with that, features a midrib along the front side of the softly tipt end handle.

The entire piece evidences subtlety and an notably high degree of refinement. For example, there... Click for details

Gorham "H469" & "H476" Sterling Child's Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling

Old Friends  
2972f   $70.00

Gorham
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Charm personified, this fork and spoon pair were limited production pieces made by Gorham c. 1900. They are part of a broad selection of specially designed items identified by a number preceded by an "H."

Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.

The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and... Click for details

Choice Gorham "Raphael" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Gold Finish Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2567f   $32.00

Choice Gorham
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance has an Old English "W" monogram.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior and... Click for details

Gebelein Sterling Napkin Ring Engraved "Elizabeth"
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2565f   $65.00

Gebelein Sterling Napkin Ring Engraved
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A premier name in the American Arts & Crafts movement, George Gebelein established himself in Boston just after the turn of the 20th century and remained there with an enlarging presence and growing reputation until his death in 1945. His work was of the highest order and exemplary of the silversmith's art.

This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring.

In keeping with Gebelein's Arts & Crafts roots combined with his sensitivities to... Click for details

CHILD'S PORRINGER, Caleb Beal. Hingham, Massachusetts (c. 1775)
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Hampton Galleries  
7382C   $2500.00

CHILD'S PORRINGER, Caleb Beal. Hingham, Massachusetts (c. 1775)
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Rare coin silver child’s porringer made by Caleb Beal of Hingham, Massachusetts (c. 1775), 4 1/16" diameter at rim, 2 3/4 at base, 1 3/4" deep, everted rim, keyhole handle with feather script monogram "ER" on front, clearly marked on back of handle "BEAL" in conforming rectangular punch.

International "Duchesse" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife, Weighty
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2559f   $38.00

International
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The first decades of the 20th century saw a great flowering of flatware designs.

Alas many of these quite impressive patterns have become lost in the abundance of what came after, which may apply to International's "Duchesse" dating from 1907.

It is lavishly styled, vaguely derivative from a "Kings" motif but more embellished. The handle has a shell end surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing and is trimmed with a decorated beveled edge. This whole ensemble of design is repeated on the... Click for details

Whiting "Ivy" No. 39 Sterling Silver Cream Ladle, Double Spouts
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2558f   $265.00

Whiting
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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1875, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according... Click for details

Chased and Engraved 19th Century Sterling Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2556f   $45.00

Chased and Engraved 19th Century Sterling Napkin Ring
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Marked "S" and with the model number "520," this 1 3/4" diameter, 15/16" high, relatively solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., sterling napkin ring may have been made by New York's Wood & Hughes who is thought to have used this marking convention.

Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised,... Click for details

Old Kirk "Repousse" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2554f   $26.00

Old Kirk
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This 5 3/8" long, weighty, .9 T. oz., seafood or oyster cocktail fork dates circa 1900 as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000" mark on the reverse of the handle.

The pattern is the company's flagship "Repousse" design, with a plain back engraved "GEHH" in script.

It is in immaculate estate condition. The high relief design is free of polishing wear, remaining sharply defined. The tines are flawless, without any nicks, burrs, or bends. The finish has a warm patina.

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