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Rene Beauvais, St. Louis, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3929f   $58.00

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Norman Mack writes in Missouri's Silver Age, "Francis A. Beauvais and his silversmith brothers, Charles, Rene, and Augustus, were born into a family of artisans."

Their father, Gemini Beauvais, resettled in St. Louis from Montreal, Canada, before 1800, when the former place was yet a village, and the family became a presence in the burgeoning city as it grew vigorously through the 19th century.

Mack offers a lengthy entry on this family, offering particularly extensive detail about... Click for details

Deer Figurine --James Deakin and Sons-- British Plating- Antique. Rare
Silver : Plate

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1404696   $40.00

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JAMES DEAKIN & SONS, Sheffield --British Plating--Deer Figurine-1885--Rare. I was told this piece was made about 1885. So it is over 131 years old. It is 9" tall and the base is 4" x 5". It is numbered on the bottom. Lots of symbols on the bottom. Deer Figurine --James Deakin and Sons-- British Plating. PRIORITY SHIPPING. top of plant looks funny to me but that is the way it came. sold as is. I normally ship within 1 day of payment.  To provide the lowest possible shipping cost, the... Click for details

NFS - Fine Feather-Edge Sugar Tongs c.1780-95 Mrked IVB - Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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This piece is not currently for sale, but if you can solve its mystery mark with a definitive (or at least very strong) attribution, I'll offer you your choice of either $10 off your next order, or a free coin silver spoon in good condition!

This pair of feather-edge sugar tongs are marked once inside the bow with a maker's mark that appears to be IVB conjoined, but could be MB or NB conjoined. Please click on the first photo to scroll through all the pictures. The tongs appear to be... Click for details

Baltimore circa 1830 10.15 Standard Silver Tongs attrib. A.E. Warner
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3926f   This item is currently being auctioned

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This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs trace to Baltimore with an approximate 1830 date.

This information can be inferred from the marks, which are singular to Baltimore, and appear in an unusual combination on this particular item.

They include two "10.15" (coin) silver designations, one in italics, and the "head of liberty," used in conjunction with Baltimore assay marks beginning in 1815.

An essay in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art... Click for details

two Arthur Stone floral chased coffee spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2398   Sold

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One by craftsman Alfred Wikstrom (has Stone Associates mark); the other by Charles W. Brown, length five inches, total Troy weight .94 oz. excellent condition, marked and monogrammed as shown.

A set of these same spoons graces the cover of Elenita Chickering's superb monograph about her Uncle, Mr. Stone.

Durgin circa 1880 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon Engraved "Mother"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3924f   $75.00

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A large piece measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this table serving spoon bears one of the earliest marks, a "bird surrounded by a wreath," that the William B. Durgin Company used on its flatware.

It is also stamped "M.F. Robinson" for the Springfield, Massachusetts jeweler with dates of operation 1860-99, and "Sterling."

A non-line pattern, its relatively plain style with a broad, fanned, handle end with bright cut diamond and bellflower components, suggests a date circa 1880.... Click for details

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Whiting "Arabesque" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3923f   $165.00

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Measuring 9 1/8" long with a 3 3/4" by 2" wide bowl, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this item is variously identified as a berry, vegetable, or pudding spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Arabesque," which is rooted in Moorish design and was produced during the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s. It features a standing griffin with widespread wings.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central vee in the base and a lipped edge.

The interior is intricately engraved in a leafy rosette theme that... Click for details

LARGE Cast 214g Serving Spoon Whiting Sterling Silver Hibiscus Floral
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1404334   $649.00

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ABOUT: Here is an a massive and very heavy, beautifully designed serving spoon made by Whiting Mfg. Co. with a fantastic floral pattern on the handle that extends down into the bowl. Victorian pattern that dates to around the turn of the century. The back side is also designed with a large flower and leaf and art nouveau details extending into the spoon bowl. I have a matching bon bon spoon if a larger set is desired. NO MONOGRAMS on it. I think it might be cast because of the way... Click for details

Katherine Pratt Boston Art Crafts STERLING SILVER LEAF Tea CADDY Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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1404333   $399.00

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ABOUT: This tea caddy spoon with scalloped leaf shaped bowl was made by Katherine Pratt (1891-1978), one of a handful of female silversmiths from Boston who worked and exhibited in the early 1900s. RARE and Important piece of early 20th Century American Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver with a hammered spoon bowl and curved tendril handle. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston under instruction from George Hunt, graduating in 1914. Beginning in 1917 she studied... Click for details

c1870 Tiffany & Co UNION SQUARE Aesthetic Chatelaine Clip Fob Daisy
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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1404332   $850.00

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ABOUT: Rare and Beautiful Sterling silver Chatelaine or watch fob clip by Tiffany & Company during their Union Square period with Aesthetic Daisy designs. Incredible detail! The floral stems are applied and gold washed which provides a nice accent against the sterling silver. There are three little flowers soldered to the chain that are also gold washed and decrease in size as they make their way down the chain (please see condition notes below). The loops are soldered smooth into one... Click for details

7 Piece Cordial Set Mistletoe Sterling Silver Murat French Art Nouveau
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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1404331   Price on Request

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ABOUT: Prettily detailed antique art nouveau tray with 6 cordial cups / shot glasses (please note the petite size as it is hard to tell from photos). Set is made by Charles Murat of Paris. NO MONOGRAMS on any of the pieces. 254 GRAMS of Solid sterling silver, this is a French set with applied raised mistletoe leaves and berries decorating each of the cups, and a reticulated tray with mistletoe cutouts around the edge with two handles. All with a very period-appropriate Art Nouveau... Click for details

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, "Leaf" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3922f   $65.00

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Likely dating 1855-1862, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It was made and sold by Philadelphia's "Bailey & Co.," and is so marked, along with a "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion," pseudo hallmark that was used while George Sharp was the company's manufacturing manager 1852-c. 1862 (Catherine Hollan Philadelphia Silversmiths).

The "S" indicates sterling, while a like mark with a "U" indicates coin silver, with the former introduced in 1855 (Hollan).... Click for details

Gorham circa 1870 "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3921f   $135.00

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This rendition of "Lily of the Valley" by Gorham is to be distinguished from the die struck pattern of the same circa 1870 date that features this flower and is also known as "No. 88," and certainly it is very far removed from the company's 1950 line called "Lily of the Valley."

An approach to silver flatware construction that was popular in the period, and one which showcases the artfulness of a given manufacturer, such items are assembled from a variety of components.

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Gale & Willis "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3918f   $44.00

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Noted York City silversmith William Gale participated in numerous partnerships over the course of his many working years. The mark on this 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon is "Gale & Willis," denoting his 1859-62 association with his son-in-law.

Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern is "Italian," which is very much a period design, much akin to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor." It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and... Click for details

Chas. Kennard "Reverse Tipt" circa 1870 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3917f   $65.00

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A lengthy 9" and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this serving spoon has a plum shaped, 3" by 1 3/4", bowl.

Dating about 1870, it is marked "Sterling" and "Chas. W. Kennard" for the Boston firm succeeded by "Rand & Crane" in 1886.

The simple design and overall shape and proportions are essentially akin to other area silver of the time, although this shows subtle differences.

The stem of the handle is narrowed and chamfered, with a broad, "Reverse Tipt" end. Rather than round or pointed, it is... Click for details

Wilson McGrew "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3914f   $55.00

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The Cincinnati Art Museum holds an essentially matching tablespoon to this 8 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., piece. The Museum's example is shown in Figure 81 of Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940.

Coin silver, this was made by Wilson McGrew, c. 1840-56, and carries his mark on the backside.

It has a pronounced "Fiddle" shaped handle with a "Tipt" end, and high, chamfered shoulders, all characteristic of silver style of this region and period.

It is engraved "Butterworth" in fine script... Click for details

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