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Frank Whiting Model "4993" Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling

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3019f   $42.00

Frank Whiting Model
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With a maximum diameter of 5 1/4" and weighing .7 T. oz., this early 20th century, over-the-cup tea strainer has a bowl with an interior span of 1 7/8" and a depth of 3/4".

It is model number "4993" as stamped on the backside of the handle. Other marks are the manufacturer's emblem for Frank Whiting and the word "Sterling."

The handle and 1/4" wide rim of the bowl are in a "Crossed Ribbon" pattern.

The piece is without a monogram or inscription and in flawless estate condition. ... Click for details

Georgian Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle, GS/WF, London, 1793
Silver : Sterling

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3018f   $70.00

Georgian Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle, GS/WF, London, 1793
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A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks,... Click for details

Watrous "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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3017f   $65.00

Watrous
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An iconic 19th century work that ignited the anti-slavery movement in the United States, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" introduced characters and idioms into the American consciousness that remain part of the nation's social vocabulary.

This 5 7/8" long, approximately .9 T. oz., souvenir spoon, incorporates various imagery from the book and its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose profile commands the top of the handle. The backside shows a facsimile of her signature.

A portrait of "Eva" occupies... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Place or Youth Spoon Engraved "Jeff"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3016F   $45.00

Whiting
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A weighty 1.2 T. oz., this spoon measures 6 3/4" long, which is the length of a dessert or oval soup.

Two aspects of it, however, suggest it was a youth spoon.

One is obvious, specifically the engraving in the bowl, which reads, "JEFF Dec. 10. 90," which is likely a birth date.

The second feature is the dual sided gold wash on the bowl. This is an unusual embellishment for a place piece.

The pattern is Whiting's multi-motif "Berry," in this case elderberry, which is portrayed on... Click for details

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908, "MF" Maker
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3015f   $95.00

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908,
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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry,... Click for details

Crested Bateman soup ladle,
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2239   $325.00

Crested Bateman soup ladle,
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Peter, Ann & William, London 1801, length just shy of 13 7/8 inches, weight 6.59 Troy ounces, fine condition, marked as shown in enlargement number three.

For those of you who have an interest in Heraldry, we will mention that this item bears the arms of Blackwill. And also Bonvill, Fisher, Fulcher, Halliday, Miles, Peck, Shields, Trant and Twedie.

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George Sharp "Cube" Large Sterling Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3014f   $485.00

George Sharp
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The 1860s saw a proliferation of three dimensional designs that included a ball, sphere, knob, and perhaps scarcest of all, cube form end as found on this very large, 11 1/4" long, 3.5 T. oz., (likely vegetable) serving fork.

Made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who is most associated with this style, and particularly so his "Ball End," it is stamped "Patent 1863," "G.S.," and "Sterling," on one of the facets of the six-sided handle.

The cube is substantial, measuring 3/4" square, and... Click for details

Teapot by Gebelein, circa 1930
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5305   $650.00

Teapot by Gebelein, circa 1930
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Sterling, but not marked as such. Silver finial, wood handle, on four silver feet, five-lug hinge. Capacity 1-3/4 pints. Height to finial 7-1/4". Maximum horizontal dimension 8-1/8". Total weight including wood handle 19-2/3 troy ounces. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Whiting "King Edward" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3013f   $48.00

Whiting
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Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3012f   $85.00

Pair Wood & Hughes
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Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear,... Click for details

A.L. Coan coin silver soup ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2238   $750.00

A.L. Coan coin silver soup ladle
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length 12 1/2 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "J.E.L." in period script with flourishes, marked A.L. Coan Mobile" in serrated rectangle.

The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.

Pair Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling

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3011f   $48.00

Pair Old Reed & Barton
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Early production examples of Reed & Barton's 1907 "Francis I," these two, matching, spoons are marked with the company "eagle, R, lion" emblem and "Sterling," in fine lettering.

Each one is also engraved on the reverse "HEA" in stylized Art Nouveau period script, further confirming their dating.

Measuring 4 1/2" long and relatively heavy, weighing marginally above 1.0 T. oz. the pair, they are the size of large demitasse or small after dinner coffee spoons.

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Circa 1900 Sterling Silver Decorative Wine Coaster
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3010f   On Hold

Circa 1900 Sterling Silver Decorative Wine Coaster
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Measuring 5 1/8" in diameter, 3/8" high, and weighing just over 2.8 T. oz., this shallow dish is a wine coaster that is suitable for holding either a 750 or 1500 ml bottle.

It has a 1/2" wide rim that is chased in a repeating acanthus leaf and scroll design.

The sidewall is tiered, while the base is convex, with a concave dip in the center. This is inscribed with a fancy, feathered script "MJK" monogram.

Done in an Art Nouveau style, this suggests a circa 1900 date, which is... Click for details

N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3009f   $105.00

N. Harding
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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Japanese" Sterling Silver Footed Master Salt
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3008f   On Hold

Wood & Hughes
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A large item, this open master salt stands 2" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the top of the upswept handles, has a maximum diameter of 3 11/16", rests on a tiered, footed base that is 2" across, and weighs 2.0 T. oz.

Made by Wood & Hughes, whose "W&H" emblem and "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside, there is a 3/8" wide top border that features birds, butterflies, leaves and branches, all of which matches the company's 1870 Aesthetic "Japanese" pattern.

The arms are beaded and have faux... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Iris Sterling Silver Salad Serving Fork, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3007f   $385.00

Durgin
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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and freedom of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Dating from 1900, this example is a 9 1/4" long salad serving fork. A heavy line, this piece is especially so at 5.5 T. oz.

An early, fully original piece, marked with Durgin's "D" and "Sterling," the quality of this item stands out even within this extraordinary line.

The portraiture is of... Click for details

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