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Lunt "Pynchon" (Chippendale) Pierced Sterling Silver Beef Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4065f   $48.00


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Issued in 1910, Lunt's "Pynchon" is essentially a Chippendale design derived from the colonial revival impulse of its period.

It features an open work handle, and in the instance of this 7 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., (beef) serving fork, similar piercing in the heel area.

The serving end is elongated and has three broad tines, the outer two of which have hooked ends.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice estate condition. Apart from overall light surface scratches, there are no signs of use.... Click for details

Set Atkin Brothers Figural Rattail 5 O'Clock Sterling Silver Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4064f   $210.00


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These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray... Click for details

Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4063f   $110.00


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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.

The imagery is finely rendered, set... Click for details

Joseph Mayer Co. "Hawaii" Hula Dancer Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4062f   On Hold


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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., spoon carries the distinctive "crossed shovel and pick with JM Co." mark of Seattle's Joseph Mayer Company, along with the word "Sterling."

A souvenir piece, it features a raised figure of a grass skirted hula dancer wearing a lei around her neck. She is identified by a banner set diagonally across her feet.

The end of the handle is embellished by three hibiscus blooms, while the shank reads "Hawaii" in raised... Click for details

Wendt "Bird" (Rooster) Large Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4061f   On Hold


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Reflecting Aesthetic sensibilities, themselves drawn from Asian design, Wendt's "Bird" is a multi-motif pattern that features a variety of avian creatures, usually in flight or alight on a branch.

This full size, 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.6 T. oz., soup ladle is unusual in its portraiture in that, rather than representing a delicate specimen such as a nightingale or swallow as is typical of most of the line, it portrays a bold, standing rooster or cockerel, with raised tail features and a... Click for details

Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Gold Wash Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4060f   On Hold


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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sugar spoon was made by Durgin, marked with the company "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat'd," and retailed by Philadelphia's "Bailey, Banks & Biddle," also so stamped.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of the French court, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

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Tiffany & Co. "Statue of Liberty" Sterling Silver Souvenir Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4059f   On Hold


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In pristine condition, this 6" long, "Statue of Liberty" themed spoon marked "Tiffany & Co." and "Sterling," is heavier at 1.3 T. oz. than other similar pieces.

It features a raised, sculptural-like, full representation of Liberty standing on her pedestal base.

There is an eagle with raised wings, a shield, and the words "New York" below this, extending to the margin of the bowl.

As indicated, the item is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever and possessing a bright... Click for details

J S MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4058f   $105.00


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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 10.15 Silver Standard Letter Opener
Silver : Coin Silver

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4057f   $85.00


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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" (Narcissus) Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4056f   $165.00


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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 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" 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

Durgin "Bead" Large Talon Grip Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4054f   $70.00


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Measuring a lengthy 5 3/4" and weighing a robust 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are marked on the inside of each leg, respectively, with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co.," for Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Company.

The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.

The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.

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Whiting "Arabesque" Solid Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4053f   On Hold


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Rooted in Moorish design, Whiting's "Arabesque" was produced during the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

This example from the line is a rarely found, 8 1/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., jelly cake server.

It is characterized by a lengthy, narrow and pointed, blade with a cupped heel, flanged shoulders, and pointed tip.

In this instance the blade is also bright cut engraved in a design that mirrors that on the handle.

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Tiffany WAVE EDGE candlesticks, pair of
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2416   $2,750.00


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height 9 3/4 inches, weight 31.5 Troy ounces, marked as shown in third image ("T"; circa 1900).

These are in fine overall condition and present themselves quite well. As you may see in our first enlargement, one is ever so slightly off plumb, but the "slant" is so minor that I do not feel it needs to be corrected. Also, there has been an inscription removed from the underside of one. We've shown this in gory detail (see fourth enlargement), but in actuality it's quite hard to see... Click for details

Zahm & Jackson, Lancaster PA, "Tipt" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4052f   $85.00


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A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that.

This also carries the "horsehead over shield" manufacturer's mark of Philadelphia's James Watts and the word... Click for details

Good Pair of Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Ward, Bartholomew & Trott c1802
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191124-01   $65.00


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Offered is a good pair of decorated early American coin silver sugar tongs by the partnership of James Ward, Roswell Bartholomew and a man named Trott (perhaps John Proctor Trott), working in Hartford, Connecticut circa 1802-03. The maker's mark of this firm is WB&T in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark on this piece is clearly struck (see pics), and the engraved decoration is well preserved. There is no monogram or sign of erasure in the oval reserve to the bowl. This piece measures... Click for details

Interesting Circa 1820 Twist-Arm Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191123-03   $47.50


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Offered is a very nice example of a desirable and scarce form in American silver, a pair of twist-arm sugar tongs. This particular pair is un-decorated save for a period engraved script initial "B" monogram; the overall feel is of a small-town or country piece, perhaps from rural Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Kentucky. The grips are a rudimentary acorn form. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is fair overall, in that there is are... Click for details

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