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Whiting "Italian" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling

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3952f   $48.00

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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow.

This piece has a relatively deep, round, scallop-shaped, pierced bowl with a gray... Click for details

Large Gorham 1883 Sterling Silver Water Pitcher with Provenance
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3951f   $635.00

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Model number "985," solid sterling silver, and made by Gorham Manufacturing Company, all of which is documented by the marks on the underside along with a date letter for 1883, this stands 7 1/2" tall, weighs 26.0 T. oz., and has a capacity of 4 1/2 pints. (See enlargement 3 for a facsimile of the 1882 Gorham catalogue entry).

The body is bulbous and is capped by a tall, sleeve like neck. There is a 1/2" band with something of a woven pattern where these two sections join. Apart from this... Click for details

Whiting "Ivory Pattern" No. 2888 Sterling Silver Cream Ladle, Mint
Silver : Sterling

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3950f   NFS

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Patented in 1891 by renowned designer Charles Osborne while employed by Whiting Manufacturing Company, "Ivory" may be the most impressive line of flatware offered by that company.

Always esteemed by collectors, its "fate" has become clouded by current regulations concerning the material.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., cream ladle is presented here largely to exhibit the pattern and show its merits.

Model number "2888," this has a deep, double spout, bowl, that along with all... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Viola" Choice Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling

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3948f   $105.00

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Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash.

In mint estate condition, this shows... Click for details

Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3945f   $26.00

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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the... Click for details

Alexandria, Virginia Coin Silver Spoon by William A. Williams Ca. 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190803-02   $24.00

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Offered is a Southern coin silver spoon by noted Virginia and DC silversmith William A. Williams (1787-1846), who worked in Alexandria from circa 1811 to 1834, and then in Washington, DC from 1834 to his death. This piece dates by style to about 1820 but could be a few years earlier or later. It measures about 5 5/8 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. It has a rubbed but legible maker's mark, and a nicely engraved period script "WG" monogram. Condition overall is fair at best, with... Click for details

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Aesthetic Bright Cut Floral Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3944f   $65.00

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An 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this is likely a berry or large preserve serving spoon.

This has a rounded end, upturned, "Antique" handle that is engraved in an Aesthetic (Eastlake) design that places it circa 1880.

The plum-shaped bowl has a raised central vee in the base,a flanged rim, and is finished in a gold wash front and back sides. The interior is bright cut in a design consistent with the handle and has wriggle work bordering.

The backside is plain save for the word... Click for details

Krider & Biddle cast/applied butterfly and cat tail coin silver
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2400   $375.00

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preserve spoon with gilt shell bowl, length 9 1/8 inches, excellent original condition, weight 2.01 Troy ounces, retailed by Larmour & Co. of Baltimore.

Though admittedly my memory is not what it used to be, I can't recall ever having owned an item in this pattern. It is a wonderful naturalistic form which Krider executed with the highest quality. We believe that the original cat tail and butterfly model was executed in clay, cut to create the flat side, then folded over (see arrow in... Click for details

6 Durgin FAIRFAX salad forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2399   $95.00

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length 6 1/8 inches, total Troy weight 5.53 ounces, lightly monogrammed "D", fine condition.

Six Dutch 19th Century Silver "Apostle" Coffee Spoons

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3942f   $65.00

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Each of these six spoons measures 4 3/4" long, with the set weighing just under 3.0 T. oz.

All of them have matching bowls and twisted stems, but are surmounted with an individual cast figure of a standing "Apostle," which is the generic term applied to this widely employed motif.

This particular group was made in Holland, with each piece bearing the Dutch "sword" emblem used 1814-1905 (shown lower left in above image), and indicating a minimum .833 silver standard (sterling is .925).... Click for details

McCarty & Hurlbert, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3941f   $90.00

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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

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Wendt "Union" Sterling Silver Right Angle Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3938f   $78.00

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This lengthy at 7 5/8" and robust at approximately 1.5 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife was made by New York's John Wendt, whose characteristic "Patent 925" (for sterling) and "Bailey & Co.," for the Philadelphia retailer appear on the blade.

The pattern is "Union," and is quite similar to "Gibney," designed by F.H. Gibney, later Whiting, with both it and "Union" issued in 1862.

The handle has a central leaf rosette and leaf tipped, oval end, all elements that are very much of its... Click for details

Gorham "Jac Rose" Bright Cut Sterling Silver Vegetable Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3937f   $95.00

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An engraved design dating from the 1880s, Gorham's "Jac Rose" must have been an especially well-received pattern given the quantity of inventory of it that has survived to the present time, though there are few extant examples in as fine condition as this piece.

The rose theme is presented on an "Old English," rounded end, handle with a bright finished, tipt back, and a satin matte finished front.

The detailed floral and leaf imagery shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 1/2"... Click for details

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3936f   $75.00

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Measuring 6 3/8" long, with a large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8" at the widest bowl, and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz., this is a preserve or jelly spoon.

It is an early example of Alvin's Art Nouveau style "Old Orange Blossom" pattern marked with the Alvin emblem, "Patent," and "Sterling," all in fine, precise, lettering as would be expected of an original piece in this line.

There is a script "SRN" monogram lightly engraved on the handle front.

In very good estate condition, the pattern remains... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana" Medallion Coin Silver Berry Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3933f   $285.00

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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, 2.5 T. oz., coin silver, berry shovel (often identified as a cracker scoop) is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this category of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

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Wallace Art Nouveau "Irian" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3931f   $55.00

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Weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is a quality example of Wallace's entry into the offerings of female nude subjects produced by various silver manufacturers at the beginning of the 20th century."

The portraiture is of a full-sized, semi-draped, figure with three putti surrounding her head. One of these is cupid like and is pointing a bow and arrow at her.

Additional detailing includes orchid or iris blossoms, leaves and other flowers, front and back sides, all... Click for details

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