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Whiting "Heraldic" Solid Sterling Silver Small Glove Hook
Silver : Sterling

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2932f   $45.00

Whiting
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Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880.

It has a plain backside, save for the company lion emblem and the word "Sterling." The hook portion has a slight twist design where it... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Food Scraper, Original & Rare
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2931f   $45.00

Towle
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At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the... Click for details

J. L. Westervelt "Floral" 8 Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2930f   $160.00

J. L. Westervelt
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Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles,... Click for details

Gorham Children's Nursery Rhymes Sterling Silver Plate, No. 5240
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2929f   $285.00

Gorham Children's Nursery Rhymes Sterling Silver Plate, No. 5240
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son... Click for details

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "Kings" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2928f   $65.00

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia,
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Measuring 7 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.7 T. oz., this fish knife is stamped "Sterling" and "J.E. Caldwell & Co."

An individual place piece in a "Kings" pattern, it has a flat handle and a solid silver blade.

The handle front has a delicate script monogram that appears to be "EKP" while the backside is engraved "'90."

It is in flawless estate condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined, free of polishing wear. The blade is without bends, nicks or burrs, and has barely... Click for details

Pair of candlesticks marked Gebelein
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5290   $890.00

Pair of candlesticks marked Gebelein
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18th century form. Square bases with concave corner cutouts. Bobeches not separate. Height 7-1.2". Base diameter 4-3/8" No monogram. Overall and mark condition excellent.

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Pair of tablespoons by Porter Blanchard
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5288   $160.00

Pair of tablespoons by Porter Blanchard
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Lotus pattern? Length 8-5/8". Weight 2.1 troy ounces each. The monogram is a block W/I P. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "William Penn" Sterling Citrus Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2927f   $65.00

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia,
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A remarkably well-crafted item, this spoon measures 6" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz.

It is a commemorative item produced by Philadelphia's J.E. Caldwell. The entire handle portrays a full-sized, three dimensional, image of William Penn, the founder of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

The tea and smaller size versions of this early twentieth century design are readily available, but this citrus spoon variant is a rarity. Additionally,... Click for details

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, "Bead" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2925f   $38.00

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia,
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A heavy item at 1.6 T. oz., this 7 1/4" long, flat handle, solid silver, master butter knife has a blunt end blade.

It was made by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia between 1858 and 1867, as indicated by the "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion" mark imprinted on the backside of the blade, alongside the company name.

It is a double die struck, i.e. appearing on both sides of the handle, "Bead" pattern with a feathered script "BMQ" monogram on the front.

It is in excellent condition,... Click for details

International Sterling Silver "Cloeta" (Grape) Ideal Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2924f   $95.00

International Sterling Silver
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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the abundantly expressive design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This example is unusual in two ways. First, it is an "ideal" form olive spoon, meaning that it has two prongs at the end of the bowl, rather than the standard plain end. Often the bowl on an ideal olive spoon is open, but in this instance it is reticulated, with a... Click for details

Pair Gorham "Marie Antoinette" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2923f   On Hold

Pair Gorham
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At 4 3/8" long, and weighing .9 T. oz. combined, these two spoons are larger than a demitasse and smaller than a full size teaspoon, and are for after dinner coffee.

Made by Gorham, the pattern is "Marie Antoinette," which at this scale appears quite similar to that company's "Versailles," which is not surprising given the lines were issued two years apart, generated by the same designer, and both reflect French styling.

This matched pair are without monograms or removals, have gold... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Etched Sterling Fish Serving Slice and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2922f   $2,200.00

Tiffany
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Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among "exotic" designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied, often mixed metal, elements. This fish serving slice and fork set are acid etched.

The motifs of the etched line were myriad, more than can be catalogued, but they included floral and fauna themes, and even insects.

The portraiture on these is "morning glory" on... Click for details

Crisford & Norris, Birmingham, Sterling and MOP "Jester" Baby Rattle
Silver : Sterling

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2921dd   $85.00

Crisford & Norris, Birmingham, Sterling and MOP
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A fanciful item, this rattle measures 2 5/8" long. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1919-20, Sterling, and C&N for maker Crisford & Norris.

It is comprised of a mother of pearl handle fitted to a hollow body that portrays a jester's torso and head. The head is fitted with a three-pointed cap, the two side ones of which have bell tips. A pair of larger, open, clam shell, bell-like forms dangle from the shoulders, suspended by wrapped wire and clasps. Although the... Click for details

Mid 19th Century Kirk 10.15 Silver "Mayflower" Hot Cake Lifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2920f   $265.00

Mid 19th Century Kirk 10.15 Silver
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One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one... Click for details

Kitts & Werne, Louisville, KY, Large Coin Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2919f   On Hold

Kitts & Werne, Louisville, KY, Large Coin Silver Ice Cream Slice
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Measuring 10 1/8" long overall, and weighing a substantial 3.1 T. oz., this generously scaled ice cream server has a blade that is 5" by 3 1/8" at the widest.

It is stamped "Kitts & Werne," for the prominent Louisville, Kentucky, silver, jewelry, and watch retailer with dates 1864-78.

It has a tipt end handle and scalloped edge blade, all of which are engraved in a period design that includes palmettes and leaf and vegetative elements, along with bright cut detailing. The backside is... Click for details

Durgin "Bow" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Large Sugar or Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2918f   $46.00

Durgin
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One of the earliest patterns produced by Durgin of Concord, New Hampshire, "Bow" is a clean ribbon or knot pattern with the defining element of the design set at the end of the handle, front and backsides.

Made in both coin and sterling silver, this 6 7/8" long, good weight at 1.2 T. oz., large sugar or preserve spoon, is marked "Coin," "Pat. Apd. For," indicating it was early in the production history, and with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Gray & Libby" which operated the third... Click for details

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