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Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2107dd   $125.00

Towle
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Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz. Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915"... Click for details

Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2106f   $165.00

Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
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Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker.

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Four Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Egg Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2104dd   $150.00

Four Whiting
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Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

Shreve San Francisco "Greek Key" Sterling & Enamel Cup
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2103f   $175.00

Shreve San Francisco
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According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily... Click for details

Whiting "Rose & Scroll" Sterling Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2101f   $110.00

Whiting
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Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon.

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Stieff "Rose" Solid Sterling Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2100dd   $115.00

Stieff
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Identical in form to a hot cake lifter, and certainly suitable for that purpose, but slightly smaller at 7 1/2" long, this example of Stieff "Rose" is a tomato server. It is a heavy piece, weighing 2.7 T. oz.

The 2 3/4" diameter, round server is solid, not pierced, and has an "MLT" script monogram inscribed on it. The backside of the handle is engraved "1929" so it is a relatively early item in this pattern which was first issued in 1892.

The condition is excellent estate. It is free... Click for details

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Reed & Barton "La Marquise" Solid Sterling Toast Fork
Silver : Sterling

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2098dd   $145.00

Reed & Barton
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That such a mundane item as toast would have a server of the elegance and scale of this 7 1/4" long, nearly 1.7 T. oz., all silver, fork is testament to the Victorian inclination to surround all aspects of a meal with a sense of formality and presentation.

The pattern is "La Marquise" by Reed & Barton. Patented in 1895, it is a scroll and bead design, tending toward the rococo in manner. There is a script "VP" monogram on the handle.

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Tiffany Arts & Crafts "Richard" Sterling Youth Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2096f  

Tiffany Arts & Crafts
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

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19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
Silver : Plate

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2094dd   $1,200.00

19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
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This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.

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Farrington & Hunnewell Diamond Cut Coin Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2090f   Inquire for Price

Farrington & Hunnewell Diamond Cut Coin Preserve Spoon
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Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

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Large Gorham "Eglantine" Sterling Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2085f   $145.00

Large Gorham
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Named for the rose which is the central portraiture of the design, "Eglantine," i.e. sweetbrier, is an early, 1870, Gorham pattern and one of the company's most refined.

Cast rather than the typical die struck mode of manufacture, it demonstrates the intricate, high relief detail casting enables.

It is a heavy line, and that is the case with this lengthy, 5 1/8", pair of sugar tongs which weigh a substantial 1.3 T. oz. They have intricately articulated talon grips that are finished in a... Click for details

Serving spoons by Robert Best & Co., Cincinnati, c1815
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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396   $175.00

Serving spoons by Robert Best & Co., Cincinnati, c1815
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Long downturned fiddle handle, pointed shoulders, 9-1/2" in length. These spoons were never engraved. Condition is fine.

Kerr Hammered Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2082f  

Kerr Hammered Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Plate
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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing 4.9 T. oz., this plate is marked with the emblem of the William B. Kerr Company of Newark, New Jersey. Additional marks include "Sterling," model number "5174-2," and the letters "H.M.D."

Kerr produced a smaller, 5 3/4" diameter, and lighter, version of this marked "5174-1" and both items were probably children's plates, although this larger one could be a bread and butter plate.

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Wallace "Violet" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2081f  

Wallace
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A large item, this cold meat fork measures 8 3/8" long and weighs just under 1.9 T. oz. The pattern is Wallace's "Violet," which is an Art Nouveau floral dating from 1904.

This is a very clean example, free of polishing wear or damage. The four tines remain even, pointed, and straight. Pattern detail is crisp and the finish is lustrous.

There is a fancy script "JD" monogram lightly inscribed on the handle.

Marks are the Wallace deer head emblem and the word "Sterling."

Gorham "Medallion" Footed Coin Silver Master Salt Dish
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2080f   $135.00

Gorham
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Dating from the mid 1860s, this pedestal base, coin silver master salt is model number "510" as indicated by the stamp on the underside. It is also marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" symbol.

It stands 2 1/8" high, has a top opening of 2", a maximum width of 2 3/8", a base diameter of 1 7/8", and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The round body has four applied medallion heads (see image 2), two male and two female, the subjects of which were no doubt readily recognized in the period of their... Click for details

Duhme Coin Silver Twist Handle Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2079f   $70.00

Duhme Coin Silver Twist Handle Master Butter Knife
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Dating from the mid 19th century and marked "Duhme," a premier Cincinnati and Midwestern firm, this coin silver master butter knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It has a twisted shank, with a broad, oval handle end. This is precisely engraved in a leaf and scroll period design and engraved "Craig" in script in the center area. The blade has a scalloped upper edge and is also engraved along the top margin. The backside is plain, save for the mark.

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