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Circa 1880 Engraved Sterling Silver Napkin Ring with Knurled Rims
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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4421f   $46.00


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This 1" high, 1 3/4" in diameter, relatively weighty at .9 T. oz., American Victorian period napkin ring is marked "Sterling" and with model number "65."

It has a plain band body with top and bottom applied rims with knurled surfaces.

The otherwise plain surface is bright cut engraved in a leafy spray design with a central reserve which in this instance is engraved with a script letter "W.S.P." monogram.

In excellent condition, this remains round, the engraving is crisp and clear, and... Click for details

Tilden-Thurber Sterling Silver Food Pusher Engraved "Beverly"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4420f   $45.00


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Stamped "Tilden-Thurber" for Providence, Rhode Island's premier 19th and 20th century fine goods retail house, and "Sterling," this (baby) food pusher measures 3 3/8" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

The topside of the slightly curved handle is a rounded "Antique," with the underside an "Oval Thread" that is quite similar to Gorham's "Old French" pattern.

It is engraved "Beverly" in script, set sideways on the upper surface of the handle.

The blade is plain, with a semicircular heel... Click for details

Utica, NY Tablespoon by Murdock & Andrews with Original Owner Info.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20201122-01   $29.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver tablespoon by the partnership of James Murdock and Elon Andrews, working as Murdock & Andrews in Utica, NY circa 1822-26 and 1838-49. This tablespoon measures about 9 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 41 grams. It is engraved "MC" in period sprigged script to the front, and engraved "Mercy Schooley Cleland" over "1804 -1895" in late 19th or early 20th Century script to the reverse. It is also marked with a rubbed but legible full-name mark for the... Click for details

A.F. Towle (Lunt) "Spray" Solid Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4419f   $90.00


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Issued in 1885, A.F. Towle's "Spray" was one of the earliest patterns offered by the company that later became Lunt.

It is a rounded "Antique" design with a delicate, raised scrolling motif on the handle end.

This 8 3/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., pie or pastry server stamped with the company emblem and "Sterling" is in the same direction as "Spray" but more elaborated. It is possible this was a multi-motif variant, or it may be a kindred but unnamed, discrete, pattern.

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Wolcott & Gelston, Boston c. 1825, "Shell End" 5 Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4418f   $70.00


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Measuring a lengthy 6 1/4" each and weighing 2.7 T. oz. the group, this matched set of teaspoons are marked for the Boston partnership of "Wolcott & Gelson" (1820-30).

The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver by Flynt & Fales suggests that Henry Wolcott was the principal member of the pairing. According to a curious detail in the biographical entry from the above, Wolcott died at about 33 years old, and it was in a probate filing that his widow identified that half his assets... Click for details

Tiffany Early 20th Century 4 1/2 Gills Sterling Silver Coffee Pot
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4417f   $775.00


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This 5 1/4" tall, maximum span 5 1/2", weighty at 14.7 T. oz., breakfast or gentleman's coffee pot is stamped on the underside "Tiffany & Co. Makers," "m," "Sterling Silver 925-1000," and with the model number "18143," indicating the design was introduced in 1911.

A bachelor's or breakfast sized coffee pot, it has an indicated capacity of "4 1/2 gills," i.e. 18 ounces.

It presents in a clean, softly angular, manner, with the style apparently influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement of its... Click for details

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Edinburgh L&S 6 "Reverse Tipt" Victorian Sterling Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4416f   $180.00


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Hallmarked with a castle for Edinburgh, Scotland, a thistle for sterling silver, a "B in an oval" date letter for 1858-59, and a queen's head duty mark, this matched set of six place aka oval soup aka dessert spoons are a versatile-sized 7" long and weigh just over 6.0 T. oz. the lot.

The maker's stamp is "L&S" which is tentatively identified by sources as "Lister and Sons. This firm was a Newcastle, England, manufacturer, which obviously had these spoons authenticated (assayed) for sale in... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter Engr'd "Carrie"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4415f   $52.00


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A 6" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., item, this is marked "Sterling," with the Dominick & Haff three part manufacturer's mark, along with the retailer's name, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

The pattern is "Mazarin," introduced in 1892. It features a heavily gadrooned, graduated in size, margin on a shaped handle with an embellished terminal.

There is a flowing script "MEP" monogram on the front and the name "Carrie" engraved on the reverse.

A sugar sifter, it has a particularly charming,... Click for details

French 800 Silver Standard and Cobalt Glass Footed Open Master Salt
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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4414f   On Hold


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Measuring 2 1/4" long, 1 5/8" wide, and standing 1 1/2" high, this master salt is comprised of a solid silver, footed, holder and a deep blue, cobalt glass liner.

It is stamped with a French "Minerva Head" 800 silver touchmark (lower left in above image), and a maker's emblem for Paris maker Ernest Eschwége (upper right in above image), working until 1921.

The silver has lattice work sides with four stylized shell (coquille) legs. The silver alone weighs .6 T. oz.

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Gorham "Florentine" aka "Florenz" Sterling Silver Six Ice Cream Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4413f   $260.00


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Replete with imagery, "Florentine" aka "Florenz," is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

Incorporating Renaissance imagery, it features a bearded figure at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall, all rendered in high relief.

This offering is a set of six, matching, 5 1/2" long, ice cream spoons. A heavy line, these weigh 7.0 T. oz. the group.

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Maciel, Mexico City, Large Sterling Silver Wood Handle Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4412f   $175.00


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References indicate that the Mexico City firm "Maciel" was primarily a silver holloware producer, which appears to be confirmed by the inventory of this maker's offerings available on the internet.

This large, 11 1/8" long, 4.8 T. oz. including the relatively small contribution from the turned wood handle, pie or pastry server is an uncommon example of Maciel flatware.

It has a flat, triangular shaped, 5 7/8" by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade with a hand hammered surface front and backsides.... Click for details

Gorham "Marguerite" Fischer & Bro. Chattanooga Sterling Silver Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4411f   On Hold


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Delicate in design and form, this 4 3/8" long, just over .3 T. oz., bon bon or nut spoon was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1901" appear on the reverse, along with "W.F. Fischer & Bro." for the Chattanooga, Tennessee jeweler who would have retailed this.

The pattern is "Marguerite," named for the daisy which is portrayed on the handle front and backsides.

Art Nouveau in style, the flowers, leaves, and stems are finely rendered in a naturalistic, free... Click for details

"Jamica" Banana Bunch Handle Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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4410f   $16.00


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Marked "Sterling" on the reverse, this early 20th century spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs .3 T. oz. (9 grams).

It is a souvenir piece with a bowl that includes the word "Jamaica" on a banner set over a raised portraiture of this nation's coat of arms.

The handle is tubular and partially wrapped in a rope or perhaps leaf, while the end features a three dimensional, hollow, bunch of bananas.

The backside is plain, while the entire piece is finished in a pale gold wash.

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Gorham "Marie Antoinette" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4409f   $65.00


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One of myriad French classical patterns devised by renowned Gorham designer Antoine Heller, "Marie Antoinette" issued in 1890 is particularly reminiscent of "Versailles," introduced in 1885.

Multi-motif, it is rococo in style and incorporates an asymmetrical array of scrolls, leaves, flowers, and shells.

This example is a large, 5 1/8" long, and heavy, approximately 1.7 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs with solid, highly detailed, grips.

Neither the reserve area on each arm, nor the arch,... Click for details

B. Pitman, New Bedford MA, "Tipt" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4408f   $55.00


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A jelly or large sugar spoon, this piece measures 6 3/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" handle and a shell-shaped bowl with a deep, flattened, heel, and rounded shoulders.

With a likely 1840s date, it is stamped on the reverse "B. Pitman," "New Bedford," and "Pure Coin," with this last term used largely in New England.

Benjamin Pitman was one of the most recognizable names among 19th century silversmiths in a city made prosperous in this period from the proceeds of the whaling... Click for details

Whiting "Holly" Sterling Silver Bon Bon or Nut Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4407f   On Hold


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Measuring 4 3/4" long overall and weighing approximately .5 T. oz., this piece has a 2" by 1 3/4" scalloped edge bowl.

A bon bon or nut spoon, the bowl has a latticed base with a "Louis XV" style margin and berries at the cross pieces.

Made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the reverse, the handle portrays holly leaves with a cluster of three berries toward the tip.

Never monogrammed, this is in excellent condition, free of polishing wear, bends, or... Click for details

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