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John Cook, NYC, Weighty, late 1860s, Coin Silver Mug
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2411f   $185.00

John Cook, NYC, Weighty, late 1860s, Coin Silver Mug
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This coin silver mug stands 3 1/4" high, has a 2 3/4" top and a 2 7/8" bottom diameter, a maximum reach of 4" at the widest to the tip of the handle, and weighs 4.7 T. oz.

The underside is stamped "J" and "C," both in lozenges, joined by a circle. This is the emblem for New York's John Cook. Cook has a long pedigree in mid 19th century silver manufacturing, beginning with a role as shop foreman for William Gale and continuing with a partnership with Theodore Evans, and then as a solo... Click for details

decorative Dutch silver frame
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2207   $250.00

decorative Dutch silver frame
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.835 standard, circa 1922, height 6 7/8; width 5 1/4 inches, weight of silver 2.02 Troy ounces, excellent condition, no monogram.

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Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver 5 O'Clock Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2410f   $22.00

Old Whiting
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Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. All aspects of the fine detailing of the pattern remain... Click for details

Towle Engraved "No. 63" c. 1885 Large Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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Towle Engraved
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
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2408f   $55.00

Durgin
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the... Click for details

Chased Bowl A. & W. Wood "Honeysuckle" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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Chased Bowl A. & W. Wood
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The pattern on this 8 3/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., c. 1860, coin silver berry spoon is "Honeysuckle" made by A.& W. Wood of New York City. It is stamped "A.C. Benedict 28 Bowery" for the NYC retailer.

It is a particularly elegant piece. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped edge with a chased and engraved, gold washed, interior.

The handle is of a scale that shows the details of the pattern to advantage. It is engraved "Maggie" in handsome, embellished lettering.

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Blackinton "Chippendale" Handle All Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2406f   $45.00

Blackinton
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Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup.

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Knowles "Essex" Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Orange Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2405   $55.00

Knowles
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an... Click for details

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2206   Sold

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
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height 11; bottom diameter five, length across handle to spout 9 inches, weight 47.5 Troy ounces, retailed by Theodore Starr (maker's mark effaced) and monogrammed as shown. We always hesitate to say that an item is in "perfect" condition, but I am hard pressed to find fault with this one.

Inverted pyriform, with 8 highly decorated alternating broad and narrow panels, the smaller sides with delicate rocker chasing to simulate a sand-cast appearance and provide contrast, the unbraided... Click for details

Gorham Figural "Lady Washington" Sterling Shell Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2404f   $95.00

Gorham Figural
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. ... Click for details

Large Whiting 19th Century Sterling Silver Goblet or Chalice
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Large Whiting 19th Century Sterling Silver Goblet or Chalice
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Standing 6 1/4" high, with a top diameter of 3 5/8", sitting on a pedestal base 3" across, and weighing nearly 5.4 T. oz., this goblet is number "81" made by whiting according to the stamp on the underside. Other marks include the Whiting lion emblem and the word "Sterling." It is large enough to serve as a chalice, save there is no religious iconography.

Dating c. 1880, it is a superbly constructed item in remarkably fine condition. The plain wall of the body is delicately engraved in a... Click for details

Heavy, Finely Made Pr. American Coin Silver Fiddlethread Table Knives
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20150317-01   Sold

Heavy, Finely Made Pr. American Coin Silver Fiddlethread Table Knives
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Offered is a superb pair of American coin silver table knives in the fiddle and thread or fiddlethread pattern, made circa 1852-65 by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia. This date range is the most likely as the knives bear marks indicating manufacture under the supervision of noted silversmith George Sharp, who worked for Bailey & Co. for a period between 1852 or 1853 to the mid-1860s. More on the firm follows description of the knives. This pair of knives are solid handled, rather than filled or... Click for details

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins "Repousse" Corn Scraper
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2402dd   $125.00

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter.

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6 Matching Wm. Nichols, Newport RI, "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
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6 Matching Wm. Nichols, Newport RI,
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A well-documented silversmith, William Nichols' working dates essentially span the first half of the 19th century. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in the earliest days of the Republic, he spent his entire life there, where is died in 1871.

These six, matching spoons are all similarly marked, reading "Nichols," "Newport," and "Pure Coin," this last term tending to be peculiar to New England.

The "Tipt" handle design dates them relatively early in his career, within the first quarter of... Click for details

Fine Set of Six Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by Henry Safford
Silver : Coin Silver

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20150315-01   $135.00

Fine Set of Six Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by Henry Safford
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Offered is a fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by noted early small-town Ohio silversmith Henry (Harry) Safford. Biographical information on Mr. Safford follows discussion of the spoons. These teaspoons each bear a period engraved script monogram, and each also has a good clear maker's mark. The six spoons average about six inches in length, and the total weight for the set is about 120 grams. Condition overall is very good, with little wear and no dings aside from a shallow... Click for details

Frank Smith Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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Frank Smith Twist Handle Sterling Silver Mote Spoon
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Tracing to early in the history of tea drinking when tea leaves were not processed for cleanliness, and hence left debris or specks, i.e. "mote," in the finished brew, this spoon form evolved to skim the beverage surface for leaves and other matter and unclog the strainer part of the spout.

By the time this 8 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., late 19th century example was produced, the form was becoming redundant, but the appeal and novelty remained, along with functionality.

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