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J.E. Caldwell Engine Turned with Twist Handle Sterling Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3248f   $70.00


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Decidedly c. 1870 Philadelphia in style, this 5 3/4" long, just under 1.2 T. oz., sugar sifter was retailed by that City's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name and "(925)" for sterling appear on the handle reverse.

The handle is twisted on the lower portion, with a broad, rounded end having a slightly tipt backside. The front is engine turned and bright cut engraved, and includes a shield reserve that is engraved "MN" in Old English lettering.

The pierced bowl has a scalloped edge, with... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, "Medallion" Coin Silver Coffee Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3247f   On Hold


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Dating from the 1860s, this "Medallion" accounts itself well alongside other expressions of this classically-inspired genre produced by numerous manufacturers of the period.

In his benchmark work, "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes, "This particular medallion shows fine die work," and that is evident on this 4 3/4" long, .4 T. oz., (after dinner) coffee spoon.

The portraiture is of right facing, noble looking, female figure who perhaps represents Juno (Hera).

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Whiting "Lily" Large Sterling Silver Tongs, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3246f   $100.00


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The less common, i.e. bigger, size sugar tongs that Whiting made in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this pair measure 5 1/8" long and weigh a robust 1.6 T. oz.

They are early production items, marked with Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," and "R'd 1902."

In superb condition, each arm retains excellent, precise detail to the lily design, which is set in high relief. The talon grips are finely articulated and without bends or cracks. The overall finish is bright and even.... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" 1859 Sterling Youth Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3245f   $36.00


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Measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz., this knife is engraved "SCB" in a fancy, feathered script, set above "July 1859."

Just slightly smaller than a tea or dessert knife, it is a youth size piece.

An "Oval Thread" design, it is stamped "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm of the period. It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this date; coin would be expected.

It is solid silver, with a flat handle, and blunt-end blade.

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H.B. Stanwood, Boston, Pure Coin Silver Buckwheat Cake Lifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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This buckwheat cake measures 8" long, weighs 1.8 T. oz., and has a round, flat, serving end that is 2 5/8" in diameter.

Made in Boston, it is stamped "H.B. Standwood & Co.," for a firm that eventually became a part of "Shreve, Crump & Low."

The pattern is a scroll design similar to one produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, also of Boston, in the mid 19th century.

The inscription, a large, fancy "S" over "1877," postdates the actual manufacture of the piece by about twenty years. ... Click for details

Alvin "Nuremberg" Figural Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3243f   $195.00


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Named for the German city with a rich artistic tradition, Alvin's 1903 "Nuremberg" incorporates abundant imagery, the central feature of which is a smiling, slightly devilish looking, jester or gargoyle like figure.

Other elements include flower blossoms, acanthus leaves, a shell, and a fruit or berry at the end of a scalloped edge handle.

This example is a large, 11 1/2" long, approximately 4.0 T. oz., fish slice. The blade has a shaped and curved upper side and shoulders, both with a... Click for details

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Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Sterling Silver Cake Saw
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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A design popular in the 1880s, and made by numerous manufacturers, the engraved "lily" on this 9" long, 1.9 T. oz., cake saw is actually a "lily of the valley." There is additional bright cut engraved Aesthetic detailing.

This example was made by Whiting, whose "lion" logo, "Sterling," the number "4," and the name of the retailer, "J.C. Slafter," Minneapolis, are imprinted on the backside.

The pattern repeats on the blade, which is unusual in that it is curved rather than the... Click for details

delightfully cheap trade lot of Towle OLD COLONIAL
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2272   $195.00


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comprising six flat butters, two almond spoons and two salad forks, none monogrammed, excellent condition, total Troy weight 8.57 ounces.

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Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife, Old & No Mono
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3241f   $75.00


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The smaller of two master butter knives that Whiting produced in its Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this nonetheless measures a lengthy 6 7/8" and is weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz.

It is an old, i.e. early production, piece marked with the Whiting "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1902," "Reg. 1902," and the name of the retailer, "F.W. Reich."

The blade comprises more than half the length of the piece and has a scalloped upper edge, and upswept, pointed tip.

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Punch bowl by Gebelein, Harvard Spee Club, 1934
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5357   $1,800.00


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Revere-style bowl, hand made. Diameter 11". Heiht 5-1/2". Weight 43-1/2 troy ounces. On one side is the applied Spee Club insignia of a bear. On the other side is the inscription FRANCIS C. WELCH '33/from the/SPEE CLUB/June 25, 1934.Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Michael Homer, Dublin 1777, Shell Bowl Sterling Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3240f   $185.00


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An impressive piece of relatively early Irish silver, this gravy ladle measures 7 1/2" long and weighs approximately 1.5 T. oz.

Dating from the George III period, it is fully and clearly hallmarked for Dublin, 1777, sterling, and maker Michael Homer, whose dates are appropriate to this.

It has a "Hanoverian" style handle, with a down turned, reverse tipt handle that is extensively engraved in bright cut and wriggle work on the front.

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D.M. Tyler c. 1855 Engraved Coin Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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An unusual form, and as such a charming period piece, this fork measures 6 1/4" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

It has three, relatively wide, tines, the outer two of which are hooked, while the center one has a circular piercing. The shoulders and upper edges are notched.

Its purpose is uncertain, but a beef fork is likely.

The handle is flat, save for a slightly upturned end, and is extensively diamond cut engraved with wriggle work that extends onto the tines.

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Lincoln & Foss "Bead" Coin Silver Egg Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3238f   $38.00


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A well known name among mid 19th century, Boston silversmiths, "Lincoln & Foss" offered quality, mainstream, goods.

This 5 1/2" long, relatively heavy at .9 T. oz., egg spoon is such an example.

It is a "Bead" pattern, with the design appearing on both sides of the handle. The reverse has a fancy script "CBD" monogram.

The oval bowl is generously sized at 1 3/4" long and 1" across at the widest. It retains an original, bright gold wash front and back surfaces.

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Durgin CHRYSANTHEMUM sardine fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2271   $195.00


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length 6 1/4 inches, weight 1.58 oz. Troy, the slightest distress to outer tine (at end, barely enough to show up in photo number three) but fine overall condition, no mono, retailed by Harris & Shafer of Phila.

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S. Kirk "King" 1825 Assay Mark Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3237f   $125.00


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This 7" long, very heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon, is a fine example of Samuel Kirk's earliest work, in his first line pattern, "Kings."

It bears a Baltimore assay mark of a "Maryland shield and the letter C" that was used 1825-30, along with "S. Kirk" in script.

The assay standard for this time was established by law at 11 parts out of 12, or 91.7% silver (vs. 92.5% for sterling and 90% for coin), commentary in the Baltimore Museum of Art volume... Click for details

Six teaspoons by Joseph Anthony, Jr., Phila., c. 1790's
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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5354   $965.00


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Bright cut, rounded end, long drop. The mark is J(pellet)A. He was in the directories from 1785-1809. Length 5-1/2" Weight 10 dwt. each. The monogram is a script HJM. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

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