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Gorham "Versailles" 1888 Version Sterling Youth Knife & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2739f   $130.00

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One of Gorham's most heralded patterns, Gorham's "Versailles" is an ebullient figural design.

This matched pair include a 6" long, weighty at approximately 1.2 T. oz., youth fork and a 7 3/8" long, also heavy at just over 1.6 T. oz., flat handle, solid silver, youth (tea size) knife.

The fork features two cherubs resting languidly up against one another, while the knife portrays a single, larger, cherub with a cloth draped over one shoulder.

The backsides of both pieces are inscribed... Click for details

Schulz & Fischer, San Francisco, "Medallion" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2738f   On Hold

Schulz & Fischer, San Francisco,
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In his benchmark work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing notes that "Schulz & Fischer often did not mark their [Medallion] flatware" and "That sometimes the pieces are simply marked 'COIN' and may have additionally 'S. F. CAL.'" (Soeffing indicates this pattern was also produced in sterling.)

The above referenced marks appear on this 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., teaspoon, along with the name of the retailer, "Geo. Finck."

Dating from circa 1870, the design fits comfortably with... Click for details

Rare, Original D. Low Durgin "Salem Witch" Sterling Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2737f   On Hold

Rare, Original D. Low Durgin
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Daniel Low of Salem, Massachusetts introduced "Witch" souvenir spoons made by Durgin in 1891, and later followed this with a second line made by Gorham.

These items became immensely successful sellers and remain sought after items.

While spoons were the prevalent form, other pieces also joined the line, and just how extensive those forms are is unknown. To be sure, however, this fully original 5 3/4" long, just over .5 T. oz., knife (it could also be used as a small letter opener) is a... Click for details

Whiting "Colonial Engraved A" Sterling Chocolate Muddler
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2736f   $65.00

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An early 20th century design that is basically a pointed antique, Whiting's engraved "Colonial" came in two versions, "A" and "B."

This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."

The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.

The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and... Click for details

Gorham "Solace" Sterling Advertising Tobacco Box
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2734f   On Hold

Gorham
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Produced by Gorham in 1891 according to the date emblem stamped on the interior, this tobacco box (sometimes identified as snuff) was a promotional item offered with the "Compliments of John Anderson & Co."

A history of this New York City firm can readily be found on the internet. See image two for a facsimile of an 1859 newspaper ad for this company. The print notes a proprietary brand "Solace," and indeed that word appears appears on the lid of this item in stylized, raised, lettering. ... Click for details

Gorham Egyptian Revival "Isis" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2733f   $245.00

Gorham Egyptian Revival
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Arguably the most emblematic pattern in the Egyptian Revival movement of the time, Gorham's 1870 "Isis" also demonstrates in its complex construction the burgeoning capacities of American silver manufacturers from the mid 19th century onward.

"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.

This example is a 7 3/8" long,... Click for details

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Towle "Old Colonial" Sterling Silver Large Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2732f   $58.00

Towle
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This 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.7 T. oz., spoon is the first in a sequence of sizes in Towle's "Old Colonial" that graduates from this jelly, to preserve, to berry.

It has a broad, flange edge, bowl, 1 7/8" wide and 3" long, which in this instance is finished in a bright gold wash front and backsides.

The handle is engraved with a script "S" on the front, and a matching style "T" on the reverse.

It is in excellent condition. The only sign of use is the loss of some of the gold in the... Click for details

McCommon & Evans (Kentucky?) 10 "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2731f   On Hold

McCommon & Evans (Kentucky?) 10
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Each of these ten, matching, teaspoons is lengthy at 5 15/16", and relatively heavy, with the group weighing 7.4 T. oz.

They are all engraved "S.E. Peabody" in an elegant script.

The pattern is a pronounced "Fiddle Tipt" with a narrow lower shank, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

This style is characteristic of Ohio River design and one pointer that may locate them to the Kentucky or Cincinnati area.

In that vein, these are marked "McCommon & Evans," which is without... Click for details

Wendt "Bird" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2730f   $110.00

Wendt
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Deriving from the same early 1870s impulse that generated both Tiffany's and Wood & Hughes' "Japanese" patterns, Wendt's "Bird" features these aerial gymnasts in various poses, individual to each piece.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter aka confection spoon. It has a 1 3/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, round, pierced bowl, that characteristic of Wendt, has ribbed walls.

The figure on this is swooping downward, with the remainder of the handle surface decorated... Click for details

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2218   $795.00

two Tiffany JAPANESE fruit knives
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.37 Troy ounces (each), monogrammed as shown, fine condition, scarce.

Six Frank Smith "Newport Shell" 5 O'Clock Sterling Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2729f   $90.00

Six Frank Smith
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Slightly smaller than regular teaspoons, and larger than coffee spoons, "5 O'Clocks" were used when late afternoon tea was an established social custom.

This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.

They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."

The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2728f   $42.00

Whiting
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A 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this ladle has a bowl that measures 2" in diameter and is 1/2" deep.

It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.

The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the... Click for details

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2727f   $235.00

John Bettridge, Birmingham, 1820 Sterling Vinaigrette
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The website of the "Small Collectors of Antique Silver" states that "Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated cover."

English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820. A web... Click for details

Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2217   Sold

Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy
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awarded to the Schooner Marguerite, the undulating rim comprising twelve cast and applied foliate scrolled panels, the cast circular foot with waves, flowers and foliage, top diameter 11 1/2; base and height each six inches, weight 53.74 Troy ounces, a few very minor dents but excellent overall condition, richly gilt interior, engraved "Annual Regatta / on the 25th Anniversary of the / Eastern Yacht Club / July 17th 1895 / First Prize / Won by / Schooner Marguerite"

Marguerite was... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Acid Etched Sterling Place Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2726f   $275.00

Tiffany
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Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.

This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."

There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl... Click for details

Early Amercan helmet cream jug, Abraham DuBois
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2216   $1250.00

Early Amercan helmet cream jug, Abraham DuBois
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Philadelphia circa 1795, with applied beaded border, square base, sunken center and handle offset to the corners, height 6 3/4 to top of spout; base 2 1/2 inches, weight 5.70 Troy ounces, monogrammed I * A on foot.

There is some rather sloppy soldering on the beaded border beneath the spout (I do not believe this to be a repair) which we show in agonizing detail, see image four, but aside from this the condition is very good

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