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Set 8 Hovey, Parker & Co., Manchester NH, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2944f   On Hold

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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped,... Click for details

Old Gorham "Buttercup" Sterling Silver Nut Spoon aka Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2943f   $46.00

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An early production piece, this item made by Gorham is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Buttercup," issued in 1899. Featuring an array of delicate blossoms and leaves, it exhibits the abundance of expression characteristic of Art Nouveau design.

This piece is a 4 5/8" long, .6 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon.

It has a gold finish, pierced bowl with a flange rim and decorated shoulders. This last feature is found only on older... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2942f   $135.00

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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"... Click for details

Tankard by Benjamin Burt, Boston, last half 18th century
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

5289   $4,700.00

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Full name mark on each side of handle. Raised straight sides tapering to molded rim, incised lines below. applied half-round midband. Molded baseband. Center point on bottom. Shaped and molded plate on handle for five-part hinge. Bezel soldered within. Flame finial soldered to dome. Hollow single scroll handle with rounded body drop and elliptical convex disc at lower joining, and small vent hole near disc. Height to finial 9".Diameter of mouth 4-1/4";of base 5-3/8". Weight 27 troy ounces.... Click for details

Tiffany "Olympian" Sterling Silver Youth Fork and Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2941f   $195.00

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Building upon motifs drawn from classical mythology, Tiffany's "Olympian" is a highly expressive and intricately rendered design.

The theme on this companion youth spoon and fork set is "Diana and her nymphs," which was one of seventeen different subjects offered in this line.

The fork measures 6 1/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at 1.8 T. oz. Also weighty at 1.7 oz. the spoon measures 6 1/8" long, which is slightly larger than a teaspoon.

Both items are engraved "Wentworth" and... Click for details

Paneled Glass Bowl with Sterling Silver Hinged Lid
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2939f   $75.00

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An unusual item perhaps intended for sugar, candy, or even a dresser item, this round bowl measures 4 1/2" in diameter and stands 2 1/4" high to the rim.

The faceted base is molded glass while the top is silver attached to an applied rim. The lid is divided in half and is fitted with a hinge and knob allowing it to open fully.

The fixed side of the top is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.

The edge of the rim is stamped "Sterling," "95" (a model number), and with a rubbed... Click for details

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Georg Jensen BLOSSOM sugar tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2234   $95.00

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length 3 3/4 inches, weight .77 oz. Troy, no monogram, fine condition.

May I offer our apologies, dear reader, for having previously catalogued these as "Acorn"? Old age is taking its toll, here.

Watson Fruit Series "Orange" "Christmas 1903" Sterling Heavy Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2937f   $55.00

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Measuring 6" long, this teaspoon is set apart by its weight, which is an exceptional 1.3 T. oz.

It also has a matte finish, thick-walled and gold washed bowl, front and backsides, which additionally distinguishes this example of Watson's "Orange" pattern from a standard production piece.

One of the company's fruit series, it exhibits the high relief, Art Nouveau influenced, finely detailed design elements of this line.

The oranges have textured surfaces, while the background areas of... Click for details

Unger "Douvaine" Figural Sterling Silver Olive Spoon, Pierced Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2936f   $85.00

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The Unger Brothers firm of Newark, New Jersey was known for its expressive Art Nouveau designs, produced in both flatware and jewelry in the last decade of the 19th and first decade of the 20th centuries.

The pattern on this 6 3/8" long, .6 T. oz., olive spoon is "Douvaine," perhaps the company's most popular line.

It features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array... Click for details

Tiffany VINE asparagus tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2233   $1,250.00

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length 7 1/2 inches, weight 6.56 Troy ounces, monogrammed script "P," one small pinprick dent as shown in enlargement two but very fine overall condition.

Compare other examples such as items 361767311810 (1875.00) and 131490471803 (2550.00) on the Big Bad auction page...

Rare and Fine Crested English Georgian Ice (Cream) Spade/Spoon C. 1807
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161211-01   $165.00

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Offered is a lovely and very early example of a quite scarce form in Georgian English sterling silver - an ice space or spoon, used for various dessert ices, sorbets and ice creams. Ian Pickford shows examples of this form and discusses it on pages 184-85 of his book "Silver Flatware - English, Scottish and Irish, 1660-1980". As he notes, examples can be as large as a gravy (stuffing) spoon, and most are heavy and well made in order to perform their function well. This example, in Old English... Click for details

12 Matching Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Chocolate Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2934f   $150.00

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All identical, each of these twelve spoons measures 4 3/8" long while the set weighs just under 7.0 T. oz., relatively heavy for items this size.

Short handled, individual, chocolate spoons, they are rarely found items, and all the more so in this quantity. The pattern is "Old Newbury" made by Towle.

Each one has an Art Nouveau, script "MAH" monogram. The style of engraving is consistent with the 1900 date of issue of this beaded pattern.

The bowls are ovoid, 1 5/16" by 1", scaled... Click for details

Whiting "Heraldic" Solid Sterling Silver Glove Button Hook
Silver : Sterling

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2932f   $45.00

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Most Victorian era button hooks are silver combined with steel, while this example is all sterling.

This form came in a larger size for shoes, and a smaller size for gloves. This is the latter at 3 1/16" long.

This is a patterned piece, namely "Heraldic," a medieval style design featuring a shield and helmet, made by Whiting and dating from 1880.

It has a plain backside, save for the company lion emblem and the word "Sterling." The hook portion has a slight twist design where it... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Food Scraper, Original & Rare
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2931f   $45.00

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At 4 1/2" long, and a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this food scraper is slightly larger than a baby food pusher, which it resembles.

Whereas the pusher is bent, this has a flat, 2" wide, pierced, blade with a straight front edge and scalloped sides and shoulders.

A rarely found item, this form seems to have been favored by Towle who produced this in the company's 1900 "Old Newbury," and offered it in other patterns as well.

It was retailed by "A.M. Jewett" whose name appears on the... Click for details

J. L. Westervelt "Floral" 8 Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2930f   $160.00

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Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

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Gorham Children's Nursery Rhymes Sterling Silver Plate, No. 5240
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2929f   $285.00

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Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son... Click for details

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