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Scottish Thistle & Sterling Silver Amethyst Glass Demitasse Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4141f   $26.00


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This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

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Gorham "No. 21" c. 1888 Set of (6) Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4139f   $150.00


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A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly" Bancroft Bros. Co. Old Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing approximately 2.1 T. oz., this gravy ladle is an early production example of Gorham's classic "Chantilly" pattern, as indicated by the "1912" date engraved on the handle backside.

It is also marked "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and with the name of the retailer, "Bancroft Bros. Co.," Columbus, Ohio.

In excellent condition, it has a bright finish and is absent polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or scuffs.

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Bailey Banks & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4137f   $110.00


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Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the... Click for details

Davis & Galt Aesthetic Floral & Scroll Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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4136f   $36.00


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A Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt was a short-lived operation that produced a number of unnamed patterns.

The design on this 6" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon marked with the company's "fleur-de-lis" symbol, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jul 17. 1888," was likely the first of its designs, given 1888 was the year the "fleur-de-lis" hallmark was trademarked.

The pattern is comprised of a spray of flower blossoms set on a leafy swirl that resembles a cornucopia.

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Robert Stebbings, London 1901, 6 "Kings" Sterling Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4135f   $275.00


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Matching items, these six spoons all measure 7 1/8" long, weigh a very heavy 12.9 T. oz. the group, and are hallmarked for London, sterling silver, 1901-02, and maker Robert Stebbings (RS in an oval).

Place pieces, they are dessert or oval soup spoons.

The pattern is a traditional English "Kings" with a concave shell end front and convex shell back on the down-turned handle, a honeysuckle mid handle, and a shell on the heel reverse.

Very well crafted and never monogrammed, they are in... Click for details

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Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Peony Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4134f   $60.00


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A weighty piece, this 7 1/4" long. 1.4 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Reed & Barton whose "eagle R lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

The pattern is "Intaglio," which is one of several dramatic Art Nouveau patterns that the company issued in the first decade of the 20th century.

It is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.... Click for details

Taylor & Perry 1833 "Grape" Sterling Silver Knife, Fork, Spoon
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4133f   $115.00


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This group of three pieces comprise a matched set, for either youth or traveling.

Sterling silver, they were made in Birmingham, England in 1833-34 by the firm of Taylor & Perry. The spoon is stamped with five identifying hallmarks, with the fork and knife having confirming partial marks.

The pattern is a robust grape leaf and fruit cluster that appears on the front and backsides of all three pieces. The spoon also has an elaborate, raised shell, motif on the heel reverse.

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Ball, Black & Co. Whiting "Le Cordon" Large Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4131f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A pattern identified with Whiting, "Le Cordon" originated otherwise, as evidenced by this pair of tongs stamped "Ball, Black & Co.," and with an "M."

Dating from the mid 19th century, they are coin silver and large (suitable for ice), measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz.

The "knot" pattern appears on each arm, with the added embellishment of a shield on one. Intended for a monogram, this area remains plain although there is a feathered script "C" engraved on the 5/8" wide arch.... Click for details

Watson "Cherub" Figural Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4126f   $80.00


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"Cherub" by Watson, Newell & Co. takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design reflects rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings.

This 5 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., cream ladle shows a high relief image with upturned wings.

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Georgian Style Sterling Silver Scotch and Bourbon Decanter Tags
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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Twentieth century American in origin, each of these two matching bottle tags on a chain is marked "Sterling" and model number "354."

Slightly rounded, they measure 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", weigh just over .4 T. oz. per item, and have English Georgian style shell and acanthus leaf detailing.

One is engraved "Scotch" and the other "Bourbon," and both are in the same flawless condition and have warm finishes.

R. & W. Wilson "Leaf & Scroll" Heavy Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4120f  


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The pattern on this 9" long, weighty at 2.8 T. oz., pie server is a "Leaf & Scroll" design that is indigenous to Philadelphia.

It is illustrated in a "handle patterns" unit of Catherine Hollan's Philadelphia Silversmiths, where it is attributed to Robert and William Wilson, a partnership that dates from the second quarter of the 19th century, and their "R.&W. Wilson" mark does appear on the backside of this coin silver piece.

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Shiebler "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Small Berry Spoon
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4119f   $55.00


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A pattern that originated with John Polhamus, New York City, in the mid 19th century, it was continued in production by George Shiebler, as confirmed by the Shiebler "winged S" emblem imprinted on this, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

The Greek Revival die struck pattern features an anthemion end with flanking rosettes and palmettos, joined to a tubular stem.

This example is 7 3/4" long, just under 1.4 T. oz., small berry or other serving spoon with a generously-size, elongated, shell... Click for details

Frank Smith "Tulipan" Art Deco Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
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4118f   $85.00


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Issued in 1933, Frank Smith's "Tulipan" is an intriguing, highly stylized, pattern that features a raised tulip flower, leaf, and stem presented in an Art Deco manner, all set on a "Pointed Antique" handle.

Furthermore, the satin smooth surface, directness of design, and precise detailing reflect Arts & Crafts qualities such as embodied by fellow Gardner, Massachusetts silversmith Arthur Stone.

Indeed the "Sterling" mark on this, with a broad line across the "T," and the font itself, shown... Click for details

Tiffany "Vine" Peapod Large Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
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4116f   $435.00


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One of Tiffany's most imaginative designs, "Vine" was issued in 1872 and offered in an extensive number of sub-motifs, all an interpretation of some vegetable or flower that grows on vines.

This 8 7/8" long, 2.5 T. oz., large cold meat fork portrays "peapods," which is one of the most engaging and sought after themes in the line.

The scale of this is large enough to show the detail to advantage. This includes an open pod along with two closed ones, tendrils, and leaves.

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James Beebe, London 1822, Massive "Kings" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4113f   $85.00


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Sometimes referred to as banquet size, this 8 1/4" long dinner fork is large even by an English standard, and immensely heavy by any measure, weighing 3.3 T. oz.

A "Kings" pattern with a shell back on the heel of the tine area, it is fully marked for "Sterling," "London," "1822-23," and maker "JB," i.e. James Beebe.

It is engraved with a "standing eagle" crest on the handle front.

It is in superb condition without damage, having straight, even, and well-pointed tines, and showing a warm... Click for details

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