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Gorham "Cambridge" Large Serling Silver Berry or Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4279f   $85.00

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A generously sized piece that measures 9" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon is an example of Gorham's late 19th century "Cambridge."

The large bowl is 3 5/8" long by 2 5/8" at the widest, 5/8" deep, has slight flanges on the shoulders, a groove in the base, a faintly pointed tip, and retains portions of an original gold finish on the interior.

"Cambridge" is closely related to "Buttercup," with both issued in the same year, save that the former has a gadroon border... Click for details

Mount Vernon "Yetiv" Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Fork x 7
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4278f   $23.00

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An expressive floral design that features densely arrayed, high relief blossoms and leaves of what appear to be chrysanthemums or ageratum, "Yetiv" was an early 20th century Art Nouveau pattern.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oyster or seafood cocktail fork, marked with the animal head emblem of "H.H. Curtis Co." who shared this design with "Mount Vernon Company." Other marks include "sterling" and "Pat. 02."

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F. Marquand, Savannah GA & NYC, "Shell Back" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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4277f   $28.00

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Born in Connecticut in 1799, Frederick Marquand learned silversmithing from his father in New York City, which was the location of his primary business activity. He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia, where he was listed in directories 1820-26 (Belden, Marks of American Silversmiths).

The identifier on this 5 7/8" long, approximately .7 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with a shell back bowl, is "F. Marquand" with a three part "bust, lion, G" pseudo hallmark.

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Shiebler "Maintenon" Enameled Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4276f   On Hold

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Numerous American silver manufacturers experimented with enamel on metal flatware in the late 19th century, perhaps paced by the allure for this highly decorative style that European producers, notably Faberge, had created in the marketplace.

George Shiebler was particularly successful in this effort in his "Maintenon" line introduced in 1895.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, 1.8 T. oz., preserve or serving spoon. The handle rises at an angle from the bowl, lending the piece a scoop-like... Click for details

Fisher Sterling Silver Child's Cup or Mug, No Monogram
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4275f   $70.00

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This cup or mug stands 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 7/8" to the top of the handle, has a top diameter of 2 7/8", a 2 1/2" flat bottom base, and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It has a plain, cauldron shaped body and a cee scroll, hollow, handle.

It is stamped on the underside "Fisher" with a "crown, f, shield" emblem for the Jersey City, NJ, and New York City firm that was the circa 1936 successor to M. Fred Hirsch (out of business by 1975).

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Imperial Russian 84 Silver Standard 1893 Moscow Cigarette Case

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4274f   On Hold

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A 3 1/2" by 2", 3.1 T. oz., rectangular box with rounded edges and corners, this item is a folding cigarette case.

It bears the "A.A" Moscow assay mark for Anatoly Apollonovich Artsybashev with an 1893 date and an "84" indicating the silver standard, which is equivalent to an .875 purity, which slightly less than coin (.900).

This is repeated on the inside of each half, along with a maker's mark, which reads, "C.HA8APOBb," above which is a "head in an circle" emblem.

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Twist Handle Sterling Silver Olive Single Piece Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4273f   On Hold

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The combination of an olive spoon and fork joined on opposite ends of one lengthy piece was a table serving item that was particularly popular in the second half of the 19th century.

This 10 3/4" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., item dates from this period and follows the general template for the form.

It has a twisted stem with a central, flat bar that is bright cut engraved in an Aesthetic style fern, leaf, and lily of the valley pattern. The fork portion is a trident, while the... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Charles II" Heavy Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4272f   $98.00

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A late 19th century "Kings" pattern variant, Dominick & Haff's "Charles II" features a prominent raised shell on the handle front and a concave one on the back, as well as a heavily beaded edge with honeysuckle detailing mid-handle.

This piece, a berry serving spoon, is large, 8 7/8" long and consistent with the line, heavy at 2.9 T. oz.

It was retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as stamped on the backside, along with the D&H three part emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d 94."... Click for details

Schulz & Fisher, San Francisco, "Pacific" Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4271f   $135.00

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Having rounded, double scroll shoulders, with a triple leaf drop and a different single leaf also flanked by scrolls set mid handle, "Pacific" issued in 1870 by San Francisco's Schulz & Fisher was very much a period design. It is highly reminiscent, for example, of Knowles & Ladd "Crete" and Gorham's "Pompeii," both contemporaneous with "Pacific."

This example is an 8 7/8" long, nearly .9 T. oz., pie server marked "coin" for the silver content.

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Floral "This Little Pig Went to Market" Sterling Silver Child's Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4269f   On Hold

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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .6 T. oz., the handle on this spoon features two Art Nouveau manner blossoms (perhaps clematis) and trailing leaves on its handle front.

The backside is plain save for the marks, which are "925/1000" and "sterling."

A child's piece, it reads in the soft finish bowl with a hint of an original gold wash, "This little pig went to market," with an engraved scene of a pig in a cart being pulled by a horse.

The handle end is inscribed "1909."

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Bigelow Bros & Kennard "Oval Thread" Ten Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4268f   $135.00

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These ten, matching, (after dinner) coffee spoons measure 4 1/2" long each and weigh a substantial 4.6 T. oz. the lot.

Dating from the mid to late 1860s, they are marked for the Boston firm of "Bigelow Brothers & Kennard" and are to a sterling standard, as indicated by the "925 in an oval" alongside the company name.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread," with each piece engraved in a fancy, leaf script and block, period, "EFB" monogram on the handle front.

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Gale, Wood & Hughes "French Thread" Six Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4267f   $144.00

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Measuring 5 3/4" long each and weighing a relatively substantial 5.2 T. oz. the lot, these teaspoons are marked "G.W&H" for the 1833-45 partnership of William Gale, Jacob Wood, and Jasper Hughes. They are also stamped with a "bust" and "eagle."

This was one of numerous business associations prominent New York City silver manufacturer that Gale entered into in his long career.

The pattern is a "French Tipt" aka "Fiddle Tipt" with upturned ends.

They are all engraved with a fine, script,... Click for details

Whiting "Peony Twist" Six Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4266f   $180.00

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All matching, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, with the group weighing 3.0 T. oz.

Made by Whiting circa 1885, the pattern is commonly referred to as "Peony Twist" referencing the large, single blossom that appears on the handle end, which is joined to a turned stem. The flower area is arched and has a satin matte surface on both sides.

These have three tines, the outer two of which are curved and hooked. The heel area is embossed with a starfish, and is... Click for details

Gorham "Baby Face in Bowl" H1 Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4265f   On Hold

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Dating from around the turn of the 20th century, this spoon measures 5 1/2" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz.

It is a child's piece, with the pronounced feature of a baby's chubby face bursting out of the bowl, like a little bird coming out of an egg shell.

The handle pattern portrays a viny leaf and flower design on the front that embodies an Art Nouveau influence, and a plain, bordered, backside that in this instance is engraved "Sibyl" in script lettering.

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S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 19th C. 11 oz. Standard Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Coin Silver

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4264f   This item is currently being auctioned

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References indicate that the "S. Kirk & Son" mark along with the peculiar to Baltimore "11 oz." silver standard designation (midway between coin and sterling) that appears on this 2 1/8" diameter, 1 1/8" high, .9 T. oz., early, napkin ring, was used in the mid 19th century and again 1880-90.

Plain bordered, the main part of the sidewall is convex and chased in the "Repousse" design that is the hallmark of Kirk.

There is an open reserve area which in this instance is engraved "R. Butler... Click for details

Alvin "Apollo" Colonial Revival Pair Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4263f   $38.00

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Measuring 5 5/8" long each, and weighing 1.3 T. oz. combined, this matching pair of teaspoons were made by Alvin at the turn of the 20th century.

The pattern, "Apollo," is Colonial Revival or Adamesque in style, and features a raised shield surrounded by a laurel wreath and ribbon and bow on the notched end handle front.

Otherwise these are plain, save for the marks on the reverse, which include the Alvin three part emblem, "Sterling," and one other stamp, which appears to be "JWx."

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