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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.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the... Click for details

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.

While the fronts have never been monogrammed, and the backsides are... Click for details

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.

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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.

They are in superb estate condition, showing no wear... Click for details

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

Reed & Barton "La Reine" Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3703f   $44.00


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Measuring 8 5/16" long and weighing a substantial 2.2 T. oz., this serving, i.e. large table, spoon traces to the end of the 19th century.

The pattern, "La Reine," was made by Reed & Barton and first issued in 1893.

It incorporates a high relief, leaf and scroll motif, which apropos of the name, exhibits a French design influence.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, with the only signs of use being light surface scratches consistent with age. The bowl remains well-shaped... Click for details

Gorham "Fleury" Solid Sterling Silver Large Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3702f   $90.00


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Dating from early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Fleury" is a subdued Art Nouveau pattern that features small poppy blossoms set against a leaf and scroll border.

Delicate in portraiture, the design resembles the company's "Buttercup" as well as Watson's "Meadow Rose," both from the same general period.

This example is a large, 8" long, heavy at 2.1 T. oz., solid silver tomato server.

An early piece, this has decorated shoulders on the 3" diameter, reticulated blade. This detail appears... Click for details

Graf & Niemann "Louis XV" Sterling Earl Patent Fork for Young Children
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3700dd   $48.00


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Devised in 1900 by the Graf Niemann Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the "Earl Patent Fork" was an adaptation of a standard youth implement.

This example is based on a 5 7/16" long, just over .6 T. oz., fork in Whiting's "Louis XV" pattern. It is fitted with a finger slot (with trim matching the pattern) on the back, intended to direct the way the child would hold the piece.

Clearly novel, and perhaps widely embraced, as a Google search turns up contemporaneous advertisements appearing... Click for details

Pair R.&W. Wilson, Philadelphia, "Tipt" End Coin Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3698f   $34.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge... Click for details

K.M.S Birmingham England 1994 Sterling Silver Swing Handle Basket
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3696f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Contemporary maker K.M. Silver is listed in one source with dates 1982-2012, although a company website indicates a founding date of 1977.

Judging from this example, which is a 5" long by 3 1/4" high to the rim, 5 1/4" to the top of the upraised handle, and relatively heavy at 5.2 T. oz., basket, the firm made high quality reproduction pieces.

This would be a fitting size for candies or bon bons.

This is Georgian in manner, with an oval bowl with raised ends sitting on a square base,... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2371   $125.00


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also known as "man in the moon," and "North wind," but whatever you call it this Charles Osborne design is certainly one of the most enchanting pieces of children's silverware ever created.

Length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.67 Troy ounces, engraved on reverse of bowl "Edna from Louise '92", excellent original condition with only the slightest loss of gilding to high points. This item is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Whiting No. 26 "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Youth Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3690f   $78.00


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Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

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Watson Full Figure Heavy "Miner" Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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3689f   $75.00


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Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

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