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Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2862f   $265.00

Large Whiting
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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is... Click for details

Exceptional Watson "Little Bo Beep" Sterling Silver Figural Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2860f   $44.00

Exceptional Watson
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Dating from early in the 20th century, this 5 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., spoon shows remarkably refined die and finish work.

Sculptural in manner, it was made by Watson, whose design and execution in silver manufacturing consistently reflects a high standard.

The subject is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Little Bo Peep" and features a complexly detailed, three dimensional, portraiture of the miss herself.

She is adorned with a big bonnet hat, is wearing a corseted bodice that... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Bucket Style Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2859f   $150.00

Gorham
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case... Click for details

Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Gold Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2858f   $95.00

Gorham
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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular... Click for details

Kerr Art Nouveau Floral Sterling Silver Match Safe
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2857f   $185.00

Kerr Art Nouveau Floral Sterling Silver Match Safe
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Item number "1196," as imprinted on the inside lip, along with the word "Sterling" and the mace emblem for Newark, New Jersey's William B. Kerr, this match safe, aka vesta, measures 2 1/4" by 1 1/2" by 3/8" and weighs .9 T. oz.

The company was known for its outstanding Art Nouveau designs in both silver and jewelry, and this follows in that mode. The motif incorporates flanking violet blossoms embossed on front and back sides of the lid, with trailing, wispy leaves framing central reserve... Click for details

Old International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2856f   $65.00

Old International
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Marked with the International indian head emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling," this 5 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle is an early example of International's Art Nouveau "Frontenac."

The nearly round bowl measures 2" by 1 1/2" by 1/2", has a ribbed and decorated interior and scalloped edges.

The piece is in mint estate condition, and is without a monogram or removal. Pattern detail remains well-defined, down to the pollen flecks on the lily flower petals, and the stippled... Click for details

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James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2855f   $150.00

James Robinson, London,
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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Coin Silver Engraved Nut Pick
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2852f   $22.00

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Coin Silver Engraved Nut Pick
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This nut pick measures 5" long and weighs just over .4 T. oz. Made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell" c. 1860, it is imprinted with an "F. & H" on the reverse.

The terminus is rounded, with a "Tipt" backside, and a tapered, slightly upturned, pointed end typical of the form.

It has a satin finish that is plain on the backside and finely engraved in an intricate, stylized design on the front. There is a reserve area which has an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in mint estate... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160923-03   $17.50

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon by silversmith William Baily, Jr., bearing a specimen example of his early mark, with the Jr. being used while his father (also a silversmith) was still alive. This piece probably dates prior to 1835. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair, with some dimpling to the bowl and some ripples in the handle, but no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia silver!

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Vinaigrette - Edward Smith, 1833
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160923-02   $95.00

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Vinaigrette - Edward Smith, 1833
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Offered is a fine English Georgian sterling silver vinaigrette by specialist Birmingham silversmith Edward Smith, fully hallmarked for assay in 1833. This piece measures about 1 inch by 5/8 inches and weighs about 8 grams. This piece has a period engraved script monogram on the lid, and is nicely decorated on both top and bottom. The interior is gilt and the grill is also nicely engraved. Condition is good for its age, with signs of a fair amount of use and a few small dings here and then,... Click for details

Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2851f   $52.00

Whiting
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Delicate and slender, this lettuce fork measures a lengthy 9 1/8" and weighs .9 T. oz. The pattern is "Imperial Queen."

An earlier example, it is stamped with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and with an Old English "O."

It is in excellent condition. The shell and leaf elements that constitute the design are free of polishing wear, remaining crisp and well-defined. The wispy tines are well-formed and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is bright, warm, and... Click for details

Gorham & Co. "Bead" Solid Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2850f   $46.00

Gorham & Co.
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This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are... Click for details

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Snuffbox, William Simpson c1827
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160918-01   $95.00

Good Georgian English Sterling Silver Snuffbox, William Simpson c1827
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Offered is a very nice George IV silver snuff box, by William Simpson, Birmingham 1827-28, rectangular form, with engine-turned decoration, the hinged cover initialed in period script letters of "RHS" and with a gilt interior. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, 1827-28, and bears Simpson's maker's mark on the interior of the lid and body. This box measures about 2 1/2 inches in length by 1 3/8 inches across, and weighs about 40... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2844f   $56.00

Whiting
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Measuring 5 1/2" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this sardine fork is stamped with the Whiting Manufacturing Company "lion" emblem, "Sterling," an Old English "O," and "Pat. 1896."

The pattern is Whiting's late 19th century "Dresden," which is a charming and intricate floral design that features what appear to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves trailing up the handle. A shell surmounts the handle tip and there is acanthus leaf detailing in other areas. The pattern repeats with slight... Click for details

Henry Hebbard "Grecian" Coin Silver Figural Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2842f   $150.00

Henry Hebbard
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the... Click for details

Towle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle with Gold Bowl
Silver : Sterling

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2839f   $42.00

Towle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle with Gold Bowl
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One of a series of engraved patterns that Towle produced in the late 19th century, this cream or sauce ladle measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.0 T. oz.

The execution on this is masterful. Aesthetic in design, the engraving shows the diamond like surfaces characteristic of bright cut work. The background is satin finish on both the reverse tipt handle, and the scallop flange edge bowl. This provides an offsetting surface that highlights the engraving to advantage.

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