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Shiebler "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Small Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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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

Wallace Art Nouveau "Peony" Intaglio Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4112f   $85.00


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Wallace produced several Art Nouveau floral patterns in the early 20th century, of which "Peony" stands in a category by itself. It is exceptionally heavy, has three dimensional intaglio (meaning cut in) and upraised surfaces, embodies a liquid look, and is highly expressive.

This example is a 7", weighty as noted at nearly 1.9 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a scalloped edge bowl, with a broad, rounded end, slightly flanged shoulders, and a raised groove interior.

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Hebbard for Tiffany & Co "French Thread" Unusual Coin Silver Spoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4110f   $65.00


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This 7" long place or dessert spoon stands apart on several counts, the first of which is its exceptionally heavy weight at marginally over 2.0 T. oz.

Secondly, marked "Tiffany & Co.," it traces to the early years of the firm when it operated solely as a retailer.

In this case the maker was Henry Hebbard, whose three part "star, H, anchor" pseudo hallmark appears on the handle backside.

Thirdly, it is to a coin silver standard, so stamped, which is unusual for Tiffany which prompted,... Click for details

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Rare Detroit Coin Silver Tablespoon by Morrison & Conklin Circa 1850s
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200119-08   $40.00


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Offered is a good and rare example of the maker's mark of the firm of Morrison & Conklin, a partnership between John H. Morrison and James S. Conklin, circa the 1850s and 60s. This tablespoon has a period engraved script monogram and a rubbed but legible maker's mark. This piece measures about 8 inches in length and weighs about 38 grams. Condition is fair overall, with the bowl out of round and some wear overall, but no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of this desirable Detroit... Click for details

Rare Pair of Illinois or Missouri Tablespoons by Joseph W. Cary & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200119-06   $100.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the maker's mark or retailer's mark of the firm of Joseph W. Cary & Co. (see biographical information, which has some inaccuracies, below), of Alton, Illinois from the 1840s through about 1875, and of St. Louis, Missouri thereafter. Norman Mack, the author of "Missouri's Silver Age", indicates that no example of the work of this firm have been located. Either only a few pieces have survived, or the majority of spoons bearing this mark were made for, and remain... Click for details

18th Century French Silver Tablespoon with Caribbean Inscription
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20200119-03   On Hold


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Offered is an interesting early French silver table spoon dating to before the French Revolution, and a survivor of the French occupation of San Domingo (Saint-Domingue), which ended in 1804. This tablespoon bears 18th Century French silver hallmarks and is engraved in later writing with the family name of Danieux to the front and an inscription to the reverse documenting the history of the spoon. This piece is quite heavy, measuring about 8 inches in length and weighing about 79 grams. ... Click for details

Scarce St. Louis Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Defriez Ca. 1849
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200118-04   $24.00


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Offered is a good St. Louis coin silver spoon bearing the mark of William C. Defriez of St. Louis, circa 1849, give or take a few years. This piece has a clear maker's or retailer's mark. There is no monogram, but the the front may have been buffed, so there could be an erasure. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 15 grams. Condition is fair at best, with some surface wear and minor signs of use, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of this... Click for details

Rare St. Louis Coin Silver Spoon by C.S. Russell, Circa 1865
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200118-02   $29.50


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Offered is a very rare example of the mark of C. S. Russell, successor to E. Mead & Co. of St. Louis, circa 1865; Mr. Russell seems not to have had much success and his mark is rarely if ever seen. This piece has a good clear maker's mark or retailer's mark, and is also engraved with a worn period script monogram. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. Condition is fair, with some wear, dings and ripples, but no splits or repairs. Please review all pics. All... Click for details

Three Storrs & Cooley, Utica NY, c 1835 "Fiddle" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4107f   $42.00


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All of these three matched spoons measure 5 7/8" long, have large, feathered script "MSF" monograms, and are marked "Storrs & Cooley Utica" for a partnership with dates 1831-39. The group weigh just over 1.5 T. oz.

They have "Fiddle" shaped handles with plain, rounded ends, and high, slight and chamfered, shoulders off the slender and slightly pointed bowls.

The backsides are plain with no drops on the bowls.

In very good condition, they are without polishing wear, bends, cracks, or... Click for details

James Vancourt, NY, "Jenny Lind" Coin Silver Fish Serving Knife & Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4104f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Designed by New York City's Albert Coles, "Jenny Lind" was subsequently produced by a number of mid 19th century manufacturers.

This fish serving fork and slice in this pattern are each stamped with the three part "eagle, V, bust" hallmark used by James Vancourt who was in a partnership with Albert's nephew, William Coles, from 1848 to about 1852. There is an "erased C" faintly visible in the marks on these, indicative of the former pairing (see William McGrew Manufacturers' Marks on... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" (Ram's Head) Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4102f   $44.00


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This sugar spoon measures 5 3/4" long and weighs .7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "1."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" (Ram's Head) Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4101f   $65.00


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Solid silver and flat handled, this master butter knife measures 7 1/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian," which originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern offered by Whiting. Consistent with this, this is stamped on the blade with Whiting's "winged lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat 1862," and "5."

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, with the horns extending to the backside, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and... Click for details

Whiting "Persian," Wm. Wise Retailer, Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4097f   $80.00


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Measuring 6 7/8" long, and weighty at approximately 1.5 T. oz., this spoon is stamped with Whiting's "winged lion" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. Appd. For" (indicating it is an early production piece in the line), and with the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "W(illiam). Wise."

The pattern is "Persian," which dates from 1880. It is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

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