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Gorham "Virginiana" 8 Matching Sterling Silver Tea or Breakfast Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3309f   On Hold


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At 6" long each, this set of eight pieces are the size of youth items, but in this instance are breakfast, tea, or dessert forks. Relatively heavy, the group weigh 8.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana," which is an Art Nouveau design that features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Each of these has four slender tines joined to wavy edge shoulders that further reflect the overall Nouveau style of the... Click for details

Danish Modern Sterling Silver Handle Bottle Opener
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3308f   $52.00


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Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The... Click for details

"Dome Top" Large Sterling Silver 19th Century Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3307f   $235.00


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A large item at 9 1/8" long overall, and weighing over 2.5 T. oz., this spoon has a generously sized, plum shaped, bowl that measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/2" at the widest, and 1/2" deep.

It reflects a form that saw various expressions in the mid 1860s. The common characteristics of this style are a faceted, which this is, or tubular stem, surmounted by any number of ends, for example, knob, ball, sphere, cube, or as in this instance, "dome."

The top on this is more precisely a hemisphere,... Click for details

Durgin STRAWBERRY pie knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2288   $250.00


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length nine inches, weight 2.44 Troy ounces, monogrammed "D" (obverse), outstanding original condition, retailed by A. Skinner.

The blade features an aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally well executed combination of geometric and floral engraving.

Gorham Repousse Silver Mounted and Cut Glass Inkwell 1890
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3306f   $235.00


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Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Large Sterling Handle Meat Skewer or Sharpener
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3305f   $50.00


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Measuring 13 1/2" overall, this carving set item has a silver handle and guard, both stamped "Sterling," while the guard is also imprinted with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, and the handle is stamped "Pat. 1891."

It also has a steel rod that makes up nearly two-thirds of the total length of the piece. This is six-sided and pointed. It appears to be a skewer although it is often identified as a sharpener or hone. Typically, however, these latter were rounded and had knurled surfaces. ... Click for details

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Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Two Sterling Silver Nut (or Lobster) Picks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3304f   $46.00


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Substantially sized at 4 7/8" long each, and weighty at 1.2 T. oz. the pair, these matching picks were made by Frank Smith and retailed by Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co.," as identified on the reverses along with the words "Sterling" and "Patented."

The pattern is "Newport Shell," dating from 1910. In addition to the shell end which lends the pattern its name, the design incorporates a beaded border on the front, and a lined border on the back, of the handle.

This form, nut picks, also... Click for details

Whiting "Bead" Large Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3303f   $165.00


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A very generously sized item at 12 1/8" long and 4.6 T. oz. weight, this fish serving slice was made by Whiting, whose "winged lion" logo, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. Appd. For" appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Bead," was introduced in 1880, and in addition to a namesake beaded border, it features a fully articulated, high relief, shell at the handle end. This element shows particularly well at the scale of this piece.

The 7 1/2" long by 2 1/2" at the widest,... Click for details

Gorham "Lion Head" Large Sterling Silver Page Turner aka Paper Cutter
Silver : Sterling

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3301f   $385.00


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An exceptionally large, all silver, item, this piece measures 12 1/4" long and weighs 4.2 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" hallmark, along with "Sterling" and the model number "B698" are imprinted on one edge, and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on another edge, it is commonly identified as a page turner, but catalogues of its circa 1900 period, label it a paper cutter.

The design is as impressive as the piece itself. It repeats on both side of... Click for details

Durgin "Iris" Sterling Handle s/p Blade Pie Server, Original
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3299f   $75.00


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Measuring 9 3/4" long, this pie server is an early example of Durgin's Art Nouveau "Iris."

It has a hollow handle and a silver plate blade, which component is something of a rarity when found in good condition, as such blades are subject to wear and, soon after the 1900 date of this design, were supplanted by stainless steel composition.

The pattern is akin to Durgin's "New Art," showing high relief iris blossoms, with long, sinuous, leaves trailing up the handle.

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Tiffany "English King" Original Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3298f   $325.00


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This item possesses all the attributes that make a vintage piece of flatware desirable, namely, it is an unusual form in a sought after pattern by a premier maker, and in superb condition.

It is an early example of the "English King" pattern, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1885.," and "M.," with this letter identifier dating its manufacture to no later than 1891.

A sugar sifter, it measures 5 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

The bowl measures 2 1/2" by 1... Click for details

Gorham 1890 Aesthetic Sterling Silver Matched Sugar and Creamer
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3297f   $185.00


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Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size.

The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

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Twist Handle & Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3294f   $95.00


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Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

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Kirk "Repousse" 11 oz. Standard Crested Round Silver Bowl c. 1880
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3293f   $235.00


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Standing 2 1/4" high on a rimmed base that is 3 1/4" across, and having a top diameter of 5", this round bowl weighs 6.1 T. oz.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" in italics on the underside, which is a mark that Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" dates 1880-90. It is also imprinted with the peculiar-to-Baltimore "11 oz." standard, which designates silver content more than coin and less than sterling.

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an American silver wine trolley, Francis W. Cooper, NY circa 1850
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2287   $8,500.00


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retailed by Palmer and Newcomb, length overall 23 1/2 inches, each coaster eight inches in diameter, gross weight 47 Troy ounces, engraved with and old English "m" and the crest of the Muir family (please see fourth photo). Overall condition is superb, though we will mention that the wooden inserts are later made but period accurate replacements.

Though we won't be so bold as to claim that it is unique, American silver wine trolleys from the mid 19th century are most certainly scarce. ... Click for details

Gorham "Virginiana" Pair of Coffee or Demitasse Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3291f   $28.00


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Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

Commonly identified as a demitasse at 4 1/4" long, catalogues of the period reference this size as a coffee. This matched pair weigh approximately .8 T. oz. combined, have gold washed bowls, front and back... Click for details

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