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Six Matching Wallace "Lucerne" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2840f   On Hold

Six Matching Wallace
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Each of these six pieces measures 5 1/8" long, while the group weighs 4.0 T. oz. They are ice cream or sorbet spoons in Wallace's "Lucerne."

These are delicate items, with three-lobe, shallow bowls, the heels and edges of which are decorated with the same elaborate design as the handles.

They are without monograms, although close inspection suggests there have been monogram removals.

Polishing wear is nil, with clear pattern detail remaining. The bowls are well-shaped and free of... 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.

There is... Click for details

Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2838f   On Hold

Durgin
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Issued in 1895, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates a variety of images that bespeak the pattern name.

The dominant feature is a crown that surmounts the tip of the handle. Below this is a wreath that frames a reserve area. A pair of cornucopias and a torch round out the major imagery. Various ribbon, bow, floral, and leaf elements adorn the interstices around the dominant features.

The ovoid bowl has decorated flange shoulders, coffered sides and a bottom with a raised design. It retains... Click for details

Gorham "Meadow" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2837f   $75.00

Gorham
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A naturalistic design that incorporates a variety of grasses along with clover leaves and blossoms, Gorham's "Meadow" dates from 1897. It is Art Nouveau in manner.

This example is long handle, 8 1/2", 1.0 T. oz., olive spoon.

The plum-shaped bowl has decorated, notched shoulders, while the piercing mirrors the grasses and clover of the overall pattern. There are remaining traces of an original gold wash.

It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. Design... Click for details

Holger Rasmussen sterling tea pot
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2227   $825.00

Holger Rasmussen sterling tea pot
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height 6 1/2; length across handle to spout 8 1/2 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, gently hand-hammered surface, gross weight 23 Troy ounces, please see third enlargement for marks.

You can sit this in the middle of your Danish Modern dining room table and simply say "ahh" every time you walk by...

Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00

Wood and Hughes
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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

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Ezekiel Burr teaspoons pair of early American, Providence ca 1790,
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2225   $95.00

Ezekiel Burr teaspoons pair of early American, Providence ca 1790,
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a title that only the google could love, length 5 3/4 inches, weight .82 oz. Troy, some light wear as shown but fine overall condition, monogrammed "MD 15 (and 16) in period script.

Though it's a bit sad to think about what has happened to such a once-large set, at least spoons fifteen and sixteen are able to keep each other company for the foreseeable future...

Tiffany "Olive" Flat Handle Coin Silver Tea Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2836f   $50.00

Tiffany
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that... Click for details

Christofle "Chinon" Silverplate Oval Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Plate

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2835f   $45.00

Christofle
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A classic "French Thread" pattern, "Chinon" is one of one Christofle's standard bearing designs.

This example is an 8" long gravy ladle with a 2 3/4" wide by 1 3/4" back to front by 5/8" deep gravy ladle.

It is in very good condition, and without a monogram or inscription.

The plating is intact, showing one small spot of wear on the backside heel of the bowl, and a bit of scuffing on the handle reverse, both where the piece rests. The inside of the bowl shows some slight flecking,... Click for details

Chinese Silver Compact by Tuck Chang & Co. of Shanghai, c1920-30
Silver : China Trade

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-07   Sold

Chinese Silver Compact by Tuck Chang & Co. of Shanghai, c1920-30
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Offered is a fine Art Deco Chinese silver (not Chinese export silver per se, though aimed at the foreign market in Shanghai) compact, circa 1920 - 1930. This piece measures about 2 1/8 inches across and weighs a heavy 50 grams. Condition is excellent, with no dents, splits or repairs and only modest wear from normal use. There are no monograms or signs of erasure. The maker's mark of Tuck, Chang & Co. appears on the bottom of the piece; it is a "TC" mark in a rectangle. There is also a... Click for details

Attractive Pattern Coin Silver Sugar Shell - Claud G. Avery of Chicago
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-06   Sold

Attractive Pattern Coin Silver Sugar Shell - Claud G. Avery of Chicago
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Offered is a fine Chicago coin silver sugar shell bearing the mark of Claud (also spelled Claude) G. Avery, working in Chicago circa 1850s and 1860s. Mr. Avery burned to death in a hotel fire at the Herndon House in Marshall, Michigan in 1875. Silver bearing his mark is not often seen. This sugar shell is in an attractive pattern and is engraved "Jackson" for the original owner. It measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 36 grams. Condition is excellent, with very little wear... Click for details

Fancy Pattern New Orleans Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Bliss & Whittemore
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-05   Sold

Fancy Pattern New Orleans Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Bliss & Whittemore
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Offered is a very rare example of Southern coin silver bearing the mark of John Bliss and Edwin Whittemore, working in New Orleans as BLISS & WHITTEMORE circa 1833-35. Bliss & Whittemore were primarily jewelers and only sold a very small amount of silver. This large, heavy and fancy (King's variant pattern) pair of sugar tongs is a fine example of their offerings. This piece measures about 7 inches in length and weighs about 84 grams. The bow is engraved with a period script "B" monogram,... Click for details

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-04   $57.50

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Westervelt Engraved "Medallion" Coin Silver Twist Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2834f   $85.00

Westervelt Engraved
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A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this... Click for details

Superb Crested Scottish Silver Tablespoon c1791 by Alexander Gardner
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-02   Sold

Superb Crested Scottish Silver Tablespoon c1791 by Alexander Gardner
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Offered is an exceptionally fine 18th Century Scottish sterling silver table spoon by noted Edinburgh silversmith Alexander Gardner, whose biographical information follows a description of the piece. This lovely tablespoon bears a full set of hallmarks for assay in Edinburgh in 1791, and a good clear maker's mark for Gardner. It bears a well-executed armorial of an eagle's head erased, surmounted by a the motto "ARMIS ET ANIMIS", which translates to "By Arms and By Courage". This crest was... Click for details

Rare Set of Six Early Cincinnati Coin Silver Tspns by Alexander McGrew
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-01   Sold

Rare Set of Six Early Cincinnati Coin Silver Tspns by Alexander McGrew
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Offered is a good early set of six Cincinnati coin silver tea spoons by silversmith Alexander McGrew, working circa 1817-19 in partnership with Joseph Jonas and then on his own from 1819 to 1836, when he retired. He died in 1843. According to "Cincinnati Silver" by Dehan, serving spoons, teaspoons and salt spoons by McGrew have been seen, as well as one tall-case clock. It appears his silver is quite scarce. These teaspoons by form probably date to about 1825. Each spoon has a good clear maker's... Click for details

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