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Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3729f   This item is currently being auctioned


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3726f   $315.00


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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the... Click for details

Whiting (attrib) figural sterling napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2377   Sold


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With applied bird, ivy, and wirework tendrils, weight 1.53 Troy ounces, diameter 1 5/8 inches, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement, marked only "169" on base.

So far as I can see, there are no losses, though condition can be difficult to assess on this type of item.

Reed & Barton sterling christening cup
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2376   $175.00


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height just shy of 3 1/2 inches, weight 5.19 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

Though there is a slight condition issue (minor dent just above base; see fourth photo), the quality of repousée chasing throughout this piece is exceptional. All detail is perfectly preserved, even the delicate hammer marks left by the silversmith's tools.

Victorian Bright Cut "Christmas" Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3720f   $38.00


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The style of this plain band, 1" wide, 1 3/4" diameter, .7 T. oz., napkin ring places it from the late 1800s.

The satin finish exterior is bright cut engraved in a leaf and scroll theme interpreted in an Aesthetic manner. Both edges have a repeating beaded design that looks like knurling.

There is a reserve within the engraving that is inscribed "TGM," while the inner side reads, "From J.W.F. Jr. Dec. 25, '99.," so very likely it was a Christmas present given well over a century ago.

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Pairpoint Brothers, London 1912, Sterling Silver Arts & Crafts Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3717f   $345.00


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Alfred, Francis and Arthur operating as the Pairpoint Brothers were noteworthy producers of English Arts & Crafts silver in the first part of the 20th century.

This 2 3/4" high, 4 1/2" top diameter, heavy at 7.1 T. oz., bowl is emblematic of their work and the movement.

It sits on a footed base 2 3/8" in diameter, and has an applied rim on the upper lip.

The body is plain and smooth on the outside, but retains a hand hammered surface on the interior.

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Albert Coles coin silver christening cup
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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height 3 1/2: diameter 3 inches, weight 4.0 Troy ounces, excellent original condition, monogrammed "RCC Dec 30th, 1863".

The engine turned work on this mug is of above average quality.

Vincent Laforme & Bro., Boston, c. 1851 Repousse Coin Silver Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3715f   This item is currently being auctioned


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This 3" high to the rim, 3 3/4" to the top of the handle, 2 5/8" top diameter, 4.3 T. oz., coin silver mug has identifiers that closely date it.

Stamped "Crosby & Brown" for the retailer that operated 1851-52, it is also imprinted "V.L.&B.," for significant Boston silversmith Vincent Laforme & Brother, active 1850-54.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts holds a pitcher attributed to him, with extensive notes about the piece and maker available online, including this biographical detail,... Click for details

Gorham "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Grapefruit Spoon x 3
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3714f   $32.00


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Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

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Gorham No. 835 "Ivy" Pair Sterling Silver Master Salt Dishes
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3713f   $155.00


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Decidedly period in style, each of these two, matching, master salt dishes features a pair of lofty arms that form an open circular area that contains a cast, three dimensional, ivy leaf. This is in turn supported by an also cast, curved, leaf.

They measure 3 7/8" from arm tip to arm, stand 1 1/2" at the highest, are 2 3/8" across at the top opening of the body, rest on beaded edge, rimmed bases that are 1 1/2" in diameter, and weigh 2.5 T. oz. the pair.

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8 Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Individual Butter Spreaders
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3712f   $225.00


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A matched set, each of these eight, flat handle, solid silver individual butter knives measures 6" long. They are weighty, at 7.3 T. oz. the group.

These are older examples of Gorham's "Buttercup," marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent 1900."

They are in outstanding estate condition, showing no polishing wear, without bends or nicks on the blades, and having bright, even finishes.

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Gould, Stowell & Ward, Baltimore, "Grape" 11-12 Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3711f   $165.00


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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background... Click for details

Dominick & Haff Art Nouveau "Tulip" Sterling Silver Large Open Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3710f   $235.00


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Made by Dominick & Haff, whose three part emblem including the date 1901 is imprinted on the underside, along with "Sterling" and model number "1734," this large, oval, flat bottom, 12" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" tall, 13.0 T. oz., bowl was retailed by Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell & Co.," whose name also appears with the other marks.

Fully in the Art Nouveau style, the undulating rim is decorated with four tulip blossoms, one each at the extremities, all joined by trailing leaves and accented with... Click for details

6 Victorian sterling FIDDLE dinner forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2373   $420.00


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length 8 1/4 inches, weight 2.45 Troy ounces each, excellent condition, no monogram, maker James & Josiah Williams, Exeter, 1860.

These are of exceptional quality, weight and condition.

Knowles "Angelo" Six Exceptionally Heavy Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3707f   $295.00


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Full size dinner, measuring 7 3/4" long, these six, matched, forks are remarkably heavy at 15.7 T. oz. the group, or approximately 2.6 T. oz. each.

In the "Angelo" pattern dating from 1910, they were made by the J.B. & S.M. Knowles company of Providence, Rhode Island, and retailed by "A. Frankfield" of New York City, and so marked, along with "Sterling" and "Pat."

Each one is engraved "Zorah" in script, set sideways on the handle.

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Shiebler "Homeric" aka "Etruscan" Sterling Silver & 14k Gold Cuff II
Silver

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3705dd   $295.00


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Produced in an array of items including table ware, desk pieces, and jewelry, George Shiebler's exotic design that features heads of classical figures superimposed upon a hammered ground is identified with equal frequency as "Etruscan" or "Homeric."

In some instances, the heads are gold, and that is the case with this 2 3/8" diameter, approximately .6 T. oz., open cuff bracelet.

Indeed the marks identify this aspect of the piece, as they include Shiebler's "winged S" emblem, model number... Click for details

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