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Gorham 1888 "Versailles" Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3138f   $110.00


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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides... Click for details

Gorham "Maryland" Solid Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3137dd   $235.00


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Extravagant items, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by massive, pierced, scoop bowls, which is the case with this example made by Gorham.

The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has... Click for details

Gorham "588" Sterling Silver 19th Century Bonbonniere
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3136f   $165.00


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Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and... Click for details

Howard Sterling Co. "Josephine" Sardine Server, Fancy, Pierced
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3133dd   $75.00


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Many of Providence, Rhode Island's Howard Silver Company's patterns were absorbed by Rogers Williams Silver which in turned merged with Mauser to form the Mount Vernon Co., itself finally taken over by Gorham.

The trail of the numerous patterns produced under these various nameplates can be intricate, but that is not the case with this 5 3/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., "Josephine" sardine fork which bears the earliest Howard Co. "H, four leaf clover, L" emblem, along with the word... Click for details

Three Rhoads & Four Zahm, Lancaster, Pa., "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3131dd   $95.00


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Dating c. 1860, these seven, coin silver, "Tipt End" teaspoons fall into two groups.

Three were made by Gorham, marked lion, anchor, G, and have feathered script "SC" monograms. They measure 6" long each, while the set weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz. They carry the retail name "Rhoads," for Charles G. Rhoads of Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.

The second set is also coin silver, and comprised of four spoons, 5 7/16" long, approximately 2.3 T. oz. collectively, with feathered script "SST"... Click for details

International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Old, No Mono
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3130dd   $115.00


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Measuring 5 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz., this sardine fork is an early production example of International's 1903 Art Nouveau style "Frontenac."

It is marked with the Simpson, Hall, Miller division of the company "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat'd," and "Sterling." The end of the handle turns upward, as is characteristic of old production pieces.

There are six short tines on the 2" by 1 1/4" serving end.

It is in superb condition, indicating it has had little to no... Click for details

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Tiffany "Vine" (Gourd) Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Choice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3129f   $265.00


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Dating from 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif pattern that incorporates numerous vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz. sugar sifter with a "Gourd" portraiture.

It has a nine-lobed, 2 1/2" diameter, 1/2" deep, pierced bowl that is finished in a gold wash on both front and back sides.

It is without a monogram or removal and in superb condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The... Click for details

Fine Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Felix Lefevre
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170604-04   $37.50


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Offered is a rare example of the work and maker's mark of Jean-Felix LeFevre (1780 - 1813), silversmith of Philadelphia. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram, perhaps of "CF". Condition is very good, with no dents, splits or repairs and only moderate surface wear from normal use. This piece should date to around 1800-13. All in all a good example of this interesting... Click for details

E. & D. Kinsey, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3128f   $95.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of... Click for details

Wallace "Washington" All Sterling Hooded Asparagus Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3127dd   $185.00


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Dating from 1911, Wallace's "Washington" exhibits the straightforward clarity of design that characterizes its Colonial Revival period, resembling in its directness of line, such other stalwarts of the age as Durgin's "Fairfax" and Towle's "Mary Chilton."

This example is a scarce, all sterling silver, asparagus server.

Measuring 9 3/4" long overall, and weighing 3.6 T. oz., it has a hollow, not filled, handle, and quite unusual for its time, a solid silver, 4" by 3 5/8", blade. Most... Click for details

Whiting "Ivy Leaf" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3124f   $145.00


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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

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Durgin "Bead" Pierced Bowl Sterling Silver Pea Spoon
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3123dd   $120.00


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Large at 8 9/16" long, and weighty at over 3.1 T. oz., this pea spoon has a generously scaled, round, 3" diameter, 7/8" deep, bowl. This has intricate scroll and bell flower piercing and a gold finish on both sides.

Made by Durgin, the pattern is "Bead," which was introduced in 1893.

The design incorporates a beaded border on the handle, which has a tipt end on the slightly upturned front and a plain end on the back.

There is an Old English "H" monogram.

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Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3122f   $90.00


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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal... Click for details

Heavy Crested Georgian Fiddlethread and Shell Master Salt Spoon c1830
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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20170601-03   $25.00


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Offered is a good heavy Georgian sterling silver master salt spoon bearing London hallmarks for 1830 and a maker's mark of "WE", probably for William Eaton. This piece is engraved with a period armorial of a mailed? arm grasping what appears to be a riding crop. This master salt spoon is heavy and large, measuring about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 28 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some surface wear from a century and a half of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. There... Click for details

Coin Silver Fiddlethread Youth Set (Fork & Knife) by Marquand & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170601-02   $75.00


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Offered is a scarce American coin silver youth set (or at least the fork and knife) in the fiddlethread pattern by Marquand & Co., led by Frederick Marquand (active in Savannah, Georgia and New York City). This set would have been made in New York City between 1833 and 1838. As such, they can't be considered Southern coin silver. The hollow handles and good condition of the pieces are unusual features for this date, and the knife bears a well-struck maker's mark for this firm. The fork has... Click for details

Pair Circa 1810 New England "Eagle" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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3121f   $38.00


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These two identical teaspoons each measure a lengthy 6", are slender, have an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and show a midrib running down from the subtle tipt end on the backside of the handle.

They also have deeply beveled and highly angular shoulders coming off the bowls.

The pair weight approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, and each one has the same feathered script, period "HM" monogram engraved on the front.

Each one is imprinted with a right facing "eagle" pseudo hallmark... Click for details

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