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Polhamus for Tiffany "Ionic" Sterling Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2291f   $38.00

Polhamus for Tiffany
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the... Click for details

Thomae "Pineapple" Solid Sterling Silver Letter Opener
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2290f   On Hold

Thomae
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Stamped with the entwined "T and C" mark adopted by Charles Thomae, this 8 1/4" long, 1.7 T. oz.. letter opener has a clean, chiseled, Arts & Crafts look to it.

This would fit Thomae's dates who worked as a superintendent for the Watson Company until 1920 at which time he started his own firm.

The solid silver blade has a flat, rectangular shank that transitions to a beveled surface that narrows and tapers as it moves to a pointed tip. The end of the handle is topped with a double-sided... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Rose" Enamel on Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2289f   $25.00

Reed & Barton
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One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." ... Click for details

Large, Octagonal Fletcher Repousse Coin Silver Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2288f   $325.00

Large, Octagonal Fletcher Repousse Coin Silver Mug
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Stamped with a broken die ". Fletcher" on the underside, with the letter before the period rubbed away, this mug is likely by Thomas Fletcher of Boston and Philadelphia, although his brother Henry of Boston and Lexington, Kentucky, used a similar mark.

In either case, it is a noteworthy item. Thomas Fletcher was long associated with Sidney Gardiner and the two of them produced some of the most significant silver of the 19th century.

This piece is a 3 1/2" tall to the rim, 3 7/8" to the... Click for details

"Pillsbury Academy" Minnesota Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2287f   $32.00


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Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna.

This institution operated under several identities, including a military school and a Baptist college, while the campus is now owned and run by "Pillsbury College Prep."

The finely rendered bright cut engraving is set on a pale gold wash... Click for details

Old Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2286f   $22.00

Old Gorham
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

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India Trade silver card case,
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2203   $350.00

India Trade silver card case,
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a rare, diminutive example, 3 1/8 X 1 7/8 X just under 1/2 inches, weight 2.3 Troy ounces.

It is an unusual pleasure to find an object which is engraved ("J. Diprose, EsqR / from J.J.G. Bombay") with both a name and a location, to lend it an added sense of history.

This item is superb in both design and execution. Though we always hesitate to say "flawless condition," one would be hard-pressed to find fault. If your collection wants for a representative from Victorian era silver... Click for details

C.&A.W. Johnson, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2284f   $40.00

C.&A.W. Johnson, Albany,
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse... Click for details

E.A. Whitney "Sheridan's Ride" Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2283f   $165.00

E.A. Whitney
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E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

It features a finely articulated bust of an older Sheridan... Click for details

Amston "Gladstone" Large, Heavy Sterling Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2282f   $115.00

Amston
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"Gladstone" dates to the late 19th century and was produced by Frank Whiting and Amston, with both companies coming under one umbrella in the mid 20th century.

It is a robust, highly detailed, rococo design. The leafy scrolling set against a stippled ground shows considerable relief, all of which is abundantly evident on this large, 9 7/8" long, heavy, 4.3 T. oz., pie server. The generously proportioned, 4 1/4" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is plain and flat, save for raised and... Click for details

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9" Bowl with Sterling Rim
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2281f   $175.00

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

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Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141113-01   $35.00

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Horace P. Woodbridge, who appears to have worked in St. Louis around 1835. His mark is known on at least one piece that also bears a city mark of ST.LOUIS. See "Missouri's Silver Age" by Norman Mack, page 150. Mr. Woodbridge apparently died young at age 47; it is unknown how long he was able to make or mark silver. This salt spoon is quite small at about 3 1/2 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Towle "Old Brocade" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2280f   $85.00

Towle
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Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the marks, which include the Towle emblem,... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Columbia" Sterling Silver Jam Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2279f   $35.00

Reed & Barton
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At 6 1/4", and weighing approximately 1.3 T. oz., this is slightly longer and heavier than a sugar spoon, and has a substantially larger bowl, suggesting it is for jam or jelly.

The pattern is "Columbia" by Reed & Barton. Issued in 1912, it is quite similar in style to Durgin's "Fairfax" which was introduced in 1910. The two designs may have originated from the same impulse, or Reed & Barton may simply have noted the popularity of Fairfax and wanted to provide the market with an... Click for details

Old Newbury Crafters stuffing spoon,
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2202   $250.00

Old Newbury Crafters stuffing spoon,
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length 12 7/8 inches, weight 4.11 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

With the added cachet (we were going to say "snob appeal", but then remembered that our faithful readers, all two of them who remain, aren't snooty) of a Cartier retailer's mark.

What more could y'all want? Send us a quick e, and get this item in time to de-stuff your bird.

Alvin "Fleur-de-Lis" Sterling Silver Pierced Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2278f   $150.00

Alvin
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The name "Fleur-de-Lis," aka "Fleur-de-Lys,"seems misapplied to this pattern by Alvin as it is an expressive iris design rather than the stylized, three petal, lily motif that the name implies. A little probing does offer the French "fleur-de-lys-orris" for iris, so this may be the association.

The early 20th century design embodies all elements of the Art Nouveau mode, incorporating iris blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle as well as the heel of the bowl of this 8 1/2" long, 2.2... Click for details

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