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Albert Coles, NYC, Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3057f   $115.00

Albert Coles, NYC, Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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A prominent name in mid 19th century New York City silver manufacturing, Albert Coles' work exhibited the growing sophistication of design and execution which marked the period.

This 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., coin silver berry spoon offers confirmation of the above statement.

It is distinguished from the relative plainness of silver from earlier in its century in several ways. First is the twist in the lower half of the handle. A style popular in its time, Coles combines... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Eight Matched Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3056f   $160.00

Gorham
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Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other.

These are early examples, all marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor,... Click for details

Gorham No. 2040 Large Aesthetic Style Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling

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3055f   $55.00

Gorham No. 2040 Large Aesthetic Style Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
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Made circa 1880, this napkin ring stands 1 3/4" high, measures 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over .9 T. oz.

It is model number "2040" as stamped on the interior, made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" and "Sterling" appear above the number.

The body has rolled rims bordered by knurled bands. The subtly convex surface between these bands has a satin matte finish that is bright cut engraved in a flower and leaf design that reflects Aesthetic sensibilities.

Without a monogram or... Click for details

German Jugendstil 800 Standard Silver Floral Tomato Server
Silver

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3054f   On Hold

German Jugendstil 800 Standard Silver Floral Tomato Server
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Large at 7 1/2" long, with a broad, 3 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" deep, gold surfaced, blade, and weighing over 2.1 T. oz., this item is a tomato server.

It is German in origin, marked "800 with a crescent" for the silver content. These designations are flanked by two touch marks for the maker, a pedestal stand or bowl before, and what appears to be hammers or tools after, the "800 crescent" emblem.

The style is decidedly Art Nouveau, or more appropriately in this instance, "Jugendstil," as... Click for details

Tiffany "Japanese" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon, Old & Original
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3053f   $335.00

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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1871."

The handle is upraised, has a satin finish front and back, and protruding knobs on the sides, all of which are distinguishing features between "Japanese" and "Audubon."

This piece is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems... Click for details

Towle "No. 50" Engraved Boxed Set Sterling Silver Ladle and Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3052f   On Hold

Towle
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Towle produced numerous bright cut engraved patterns in the late 19th century, some of which were named and others identified only by number.

These two items, a large, 5 1/4" long, pair of tongs, and a 5 7/8" long cream ladle, each piece weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., are examples of "Number 50."

They were a presentation set, packaged in a purple colored velvet clad box, with a pale blue satin interior. There is a trade sticker on the underside that identifies this as retailed by "Myers... Click for details

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Langlands & Robertson c. 1785 Newcastle Picture Back Sterling Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3051f   $50.00

Langlands & Robertson c. 1785 Newcastle Picture Back Sterling Spoon
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Arising during the rococo period, English "picture (fancy) back" silver encompassed many designs.

This example made by the partnership of John Langlands & John Robertson of Newcastle, features a stylized shell with foliate elements.

It measures 5" long, weighs just under .5 T. oz., and has a down turned, reverse tipt, "Old English" handle with an exposed drop.

The front has a feathered script "JML" monogram.

It is in very good condition. Overall there is very little wear and a... Click for details

Durgin "Fairfax" Sterling Silver Tea Infuser, Original & Scarce
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3050f   $135.00

Durgin
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An example of the popular "Fairfax" pattern originated by Durgin and continued in production by Gorham, this tea infuser, aka tea ball spoon, measures 5 9/16" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

It is a fully original item marked with Durgin's "D" emblem, "Sterling," and "PAT'D" on the reverse.

The handle front has an Old English "K" monogram.

The bowl is 2" long, 1 1/4" at the widest, and 3/4" deep. Its shape mirrors the pattern and both the upper and bottom portions are pierced.... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap Over Edge" Acid Etched Extra Large Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3049f   $445.00

Tiffany
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Derivative of the Aesthetic Movement, Tiffany's 1880 date of issue "Lap-Over-Edge" is one of the stand out patterns among exotic designs in silver.

It was offered in three versions, plain, acid etched, and with applied elements. This pair of tongs are acid etched, showing a leaf and vine design on one arm and clover blossom and leaves on the other.

The work is intricate, precise, and artfully expressed. The etching wraps around the edges of the handle, which feature lends the pattern... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Trianon Pierced" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3048f   $35.00

Dominick & Haff
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A late 19th century pattern produced by Dominick & Haff, "Trianon" is as fully French in style as its name implies.

It is replete with scrolls, acanthus leaves, and delicate leaves and flowers, all under a rococo mantle and set in moderately high relief.

There were two versions, one with a solid background and one pierced. This 6 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork is the latter.

It was never monogrammed or inscribed, and is in very fine condition. It has a warm finish, retains... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3047f   $70.00

Unger Brothers
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At 4" long, .9 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs have large, stylized claw grips.

They were made by Unger Brothers of Newark, New Jersey, whose entwined "UB" surrounded by "Sterling 925 Fine." This was a firm known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs in both sterling silver flat and holloware, and jewelry.

Perhaps its most popular flatware line, the pattern on this pair is "Douvaine." An expressive figural design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of each arm, and a... Click for details

William Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3046f   $45.00

William Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tablespoon
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One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of this example of his work, an 8 5/8"... Click for details

G.E. Keyser, Leipzig, Germany, Early 20th Century 800 Silver Beaker
Silver

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G.E. Keyser, Leipzig, Germany, Early 20th Century 800 Silver Beaker
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Standing 4" tall with a top diameter of 2" and a bottom diameter of 1 1/2", and weighing approximately 2.6 T. oz., this beaker (becker) has German origins. Primarily for wine, it holds 4 liquid ounces.

It is stamped on the underside with a "crown, 800, lion" emblem, which designates the silver standard, and the name "G.E. Keyser," which was a Leipzig firm.

Having smooth, tapered sides, this form appears in glass and other metals, such as pewter.

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Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (B)
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (B)
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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the... Click for details

Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (A)
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3043f   $395.00

Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (A)
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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the... Click for details

Albert Coles Twist Handle Engraved "Mary" Coin Silver Egg Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3040f   $28.00

Albert Coles Twist Handle Engraved
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A charming mid 19th century coin silver piece, this egg spoon reflects the design sensibilities of its period.

It was made by Albert Coles of New York City, whose three-part "eagle, AC, bust" emblem appears on the backside.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .5 T. oz., which is relatively heavy for its size.

The center portion of the handle is twisted while the sculpted edge upper end is extensively bright cut and engraved in line pattern, front and back sides.

The name... Click for details

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