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Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2182f   $115.00

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

Wallace "Waverly" Original Twist Sterling Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2181f   $32.00

Wallace
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Patented in 1892, as indicated on the backside of this 6 1/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., butter pick, Wallace's "Waverly" features a leafy scroll margin. It shares a close design sensibility with Whiting's "Louis XV," which dates from 1891, as well as Gorham's "Strasbourg," from the same period.

This is a fully original item, factory produced and not made up or adapted from another piece. It has a narrow, straight, handle, and a tapered, twisted tip.

The condition is mint estate, and... Click for details

Lunt "Chippendale" Sterling Pierced Cucumber Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2180f   $55.00

Lunt
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this cucumber server is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name.

The serving end incorporates open work that is complimentary to the pattern elements. It is nearly square overall, approximately 2 1/4" on a... Click for details

Philo Gilbert Engraved Scene Coin Silver Cake Saw
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2179f   On Hold

Philo Gilbert Engraved Scene Coin Silver Cake Saw
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The pattern (dubbed "Queen of the Sea" by one source) on this 9 1/2" long, substantial weight, 2.4 T. oz., cake saw engenders a lot of discussion among those who follow such matters.

There is a weak consensus that it originated with New York's Philo Gilbert, and indeed his four part pseudo hallmark (lion, leopard, S, bust) appears on this piece, although many other makers placed their names on this pattern, as well, and therein lies the mystery as to definite attribution. "Gorham" and... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2178f   $95.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2176f   $55.00

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

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Hebbard for Tiffany "Grecian" Figural Sterling Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2175f   $125.00

Hebbard for Tiffany
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This "Grecian" is one of several patterns that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure and is attributed to Whiting, although the pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard.

His "H.H." stamp appears on the inside of each arm of this 4 7/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. Other marks include "Patent. 862 [1862]" and the name of the retailer who in this instance was "Tiffany & Co."

There is an Old English "L.J." engraved on one arm, while... Click for details

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2174f   $145.00

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
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Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open, probably candy, dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide, and weighs 4.5 T. oz.

It... Click for details

6 Engraved, Twist Handle Sterling Ice Cream Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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6 Engraved, Twist Handle Sterling Ice Cream Spoons
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Measuring 5 3/4" long each, and weighing just over 4.0 T. oz. the group, these six, matching, ice cream spoons are marked with a "P" in a diamond and "Sterling," and have an Old English "P" monogram on the backside.

They have an Aesthetic sensibility and likely date from the 1870s. The handles have twisted lower stems, while the ends are flat with shaped margins. The front surfaces are densely engraved in a leaf and floral motif. This is so intricate as to have the quality of an etching. ... Click for details

Mid 19th C. Engraved Right Angle Coin Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Mid 19th C. Engraved Right  Angle Coin Butter Knife
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A charming piece, this 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife is marked only "Coin," so the particular maker is unknown. It dates circa 1860, and has a flat handle that is set at a right angle to the scalloped blade.

This construction commonly incorporates a single piece of silver twisted to create the angle. In this instance, the handle and blade were separately made and seamed together, as evidenced by the structure of the join.

The upper surface of the handle and the outward... Click for details

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140803-05   $20.00

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
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Offered is a great, early American coin silver teaspoon from the little-known shop of David Laverack, working in Paterson, NJ circa 1850-65. A watch paper from Laverack's shop in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Laverack is also listed in Kirkbride's New Jersey Business Directory for 1850. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is fair, with some wear and dings, but no splits or repairs. There is a small notch from... Click for details

Thomas Fletcher Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140803-04   $12.50

Thomas Fletcher Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1810
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Offered is an American coin silver teaspoon with a maker's mark of T.F - I believe this is a mark that Thomas Fletcher was using in Boston before moving to Philadelphia. This piece measures about 5 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 8 grams. Condition overall is very good, with light surface wear but no significant dents or dimples, and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American silver!

Easton, Pennsylvania Tablespoon by Abraham Miller
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140803-03   $37.50

Easton, Pennsylvania Tablespoon by Abraham Miller
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Offered is a great, early American coin silver table spoon by Easton, PA silversmith Abraham Miller, circa 1830. This piece measures about 9 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 52 grams. Condition overall is very good with light wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American silver!

Good Birdback (Faded) Teaspoon by Emmor T. Weaver
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140803-02   $35.00

Good Birdback (Faded) Teaspoon by Emmor T. Weaver
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Offered is a great American coin silver teaspoon by well-known Philadelphia silversmith Emmor T. Weaver, featuring a quite faded example of his famous eagle-back decoration. Even with the fading to the bird, this is still a very good teaspoon, with nice form and weight. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length, and weighs about 18 grams. Condition overall is very good, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. The maker's mark is clear and crisp. As noted, the birdback... Click for details

English Sterling Gravy / Sauce Ladle, Paul Callard 1761
Silver : Sterling

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20140803-01   $95.00

English Sterling Gravy / Sauce Ladle, Paul Callard 1761
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Offered is a fine mid-18th century Georgian English sterling silver sauce or gravy ladle by noted Huguenot maker Paul Callard. Paul Callard was the son of Isaac Callard, and the godson and apprentice of Paul Hanet. He lived only to the age of 44 or so, dying in 1768. This piece is hallmarked for 1761, and is lovely. It is a rare example of the early use of shoulders or fins on the stem. Condition is very good, with little surface wear, very light dimples in the bowl, and no splits or... Click for details

Crichton 1912 "Pistol Grip" Solid Sterling Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2171f   $70.00

Crichton 1912
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip.

It is in choice condition. The handle is... Click for details

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