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Gorham Art Nouveau sterling ink stand number B2342
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2419   Sold

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width 11 1/4; depth 6 inches, excellent original condition, no monogram, weight 23.4 Troy ounces (!), please see fifth enlargement for mark. The ink holder is a hand wrought gilt sterling (modern) replacement, which we think an improvement over the original which was glass.

A William C. Codman design, identical examples may be found in both the Jolie and Robert Shelton Collection, "Magnificent, Marvelous Martelé," pp. 498-9 and the MFA Boston, accession number 2001.804

Pair Gorham Baluster Form 10" Tall Sterling Silver Candlesticks
Silver : Sterling

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4145f   $265.00

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Marked "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," model number "279," and "cement-loaded," on the undersides, and "Sterling" in the bases where the candles fit, these matched candlesticks stand 10" tall and rest on 4 1/2" diameter, tiered, bases.

They weigh 33.4 T. oz. the pair, although this is essentially irrelevant given they are weighted.

Likely dating from the 1930s, they are an elegant and lofty "Baluster" style, with fixed bobeches.

They are single stem, solid, pieces, meaning they... Click for details

Edouard Ernie, Paris 1882, .950 Standard Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4144f   On Hold

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Measuring 6 1/2" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sugar sifter has a round, 2" diameter, 1/2" deep, flat bottomed bowl that is finely pierced in a leaf design.

It is stamped with a French first standard (.950) Minerva head and the mark of Edouard Ernie, Paris, 1882 onward.

The solid silver handle is cast, straight, tubular, and features an acanthus leaf finial with additional leaf detailing along the shank and on the backside where it attaches to the bowl.

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Scottish Thistle & Sterling Silver Amethyst Glass Demitasse Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4141f   $26.00

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This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

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Gorham "No. 21" c. 1888 Set of (6) Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4139f   $150.00

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A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly" Bancroft Bros. Co. Old Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4138f   $48.00

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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing approximately 2.1 T. oz., this gravy ladle is an early production example of Gorham's classic "Chantilly" pattern, as indicated by the "1912" date engraved on the handle backside.

It is also marked "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and with the name of the retailer, "Bancroft Bros. Co.," Columbus, Ohio.

In excellent condition, it has a bright finish and is absent polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or scuffs.

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Bailey Banks & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4137f   $110.00

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Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the... Click for details

Davis & Galt Aesthetic Floral & Scroll Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4136f   $36.00

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A Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt was a short-lived operation that produced a number of unnamed patterns.

The design on this 6" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon marked with the company's "fleur-de-lis" symbol, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jul 17. 1888," was likely the first of its designs, given 1888 was the year the "fleur-de-lis" hallmark was trademarked.

The pattern is comprised of a spray of flower blossoms set on a leafy swirl that resembles a cornucopia.

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Robert Stebbings, London 1901, 6 "Kings" Sterling Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4135f   $275.00

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Matching items, these six spoons all measure 7 1/8" long, weigh a very heavy 12.9 T. oz. the group, and are hallmarked for London, sterling silver, 1901-02, and maker Robert Stebbings (RS in an oval).

Place pieces, they are dessert or oval soup spoons.

The pattern is a traditional English "Kings" with a concave shell end front and convex shell back on the down-turned handle, a honeysuckle mid handle, and a shell on the heel reverse.

Very well crafted and never monogrammed, they are in... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Peony Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4134f   $60.00

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A weighty piece, this 7 1/4" long. 1.4 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Reed & Barton whose "eagle R lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

The pattern is "Intaglio," which is one of several dramatic Art Nouveau patterns that the company issued in the first decade of the 20th century.

It is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.... Click for details

Taylor & Perry 1833 "Grape" Sterling Silver Knife, Fork, Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4133f   $115.00

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This group of three pieces comprise a matched set, for either youth or traveling.

Sterling silver, they were made in Birmingham, England in 1833-34 by the firm of Taylor & Perry. The spoon is stamped with five identifying hallmarks, with the fork and knife having confirming partial marks.

The pattern is a robust grape leaf and fruit cluster that appears on the front and backsides of all three pieces. The spoon also has an elaborate, raised shell, motif on the heel reverse.

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Ball, Black & Co. Whiting "Le Cordon" Large Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4131f   $110.00

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A pattern identified with Whiting, "Le Cordon" originated otherwise, as evidenced by this pair of tongs stamped "Ball, Black & Co.," and with an "M."

Dating from the mid 19th century, they are coin silver and large (suitable for ice), measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz.

The "knot" pattern appears on each arm, with the added embellishment of a shield on one. Intended for a monogram, this area remains plain although there is a feathered script "C" engraved on the 5/8" wide arch.... Click for details

Mid 19th Century S. Kirk & Son Chased 11 oz. Silver Place Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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4128f   $60.00

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This 6 7/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.6 T. oz., fork is an unusual piece made by Samuel Kirk, stamped "SK & Son 11 oz.," which mark dates 1846-61 according to Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers.

The 11 oz. standard (.917) is one of the peculiar-to-Baltimore assay marks that is lower than sterling silver (.925) and higher than coin (.900).

A singular pattern, this has a thick, shaped, handle with a surface chased in a "wild rose blossom and leaf"... Click for details

Watson "Cherub" Figural Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4126f   $80.00

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"Cherub" by Watson, Newell & Co. takes its name from the winged figure that appears at the tip of the extensively embellished handle. Employing acanthus leaf detailing, and with an irregularly shaped margin, the design reflects rococo sensibilities.

The figure is portrayed in two versions through the pattern line, one with upward facing, and one with downward facing, wings.

This 5 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., cream ladle shows a high relief image with upturned wings.

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W&K Knight, London 1813, Large Sterling Silver Crested Serving Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4125f   $325.00

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An unusual form, this 8 3/4" long, 4.3 T. oz., pair of possibly salad, English silver tongs have large, matching, spoon bowl, 3 3/16" long by 1 11/16" wide, reticulated grips.

They are fully and clearly stamped for "sterling," "1813-14," with a "bust" duty mark, and "WK/SK," for William Knight II and Samuel Knight, London, presumed brothers according to Grimwade in London Goldsmiths.

They are a fiddle pattern with chamfered edges and a 3/4" wide arch which is engraved with a... Click for details

Georgian Style Sterling Silver Scotch and Bourbon Decanter Tags
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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4123f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Twentieth century American in origin, each of these two matching bottle tags on a chain is marked "Sterling" and model number "354."

Slightly rounded, they measure 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", weigh just over .4 T. oz. per item, and have English Georgian style shell and acanthus leaf detailing.

One is engraved "Scotch" and the other "Bourbon," and both are in the same flawless condition and have warm finishes.

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