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Tiffany "Vine" (Pomegranate) Solid Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3894f   $135.00

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Introduced in 1872, Tiffany's "Vine" is a multi-motif line, featuring a variety of fruit and flowers, differing from piece to piece.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 2.2 T. oz., all silver, flat handle, youth knife in a pomegranate theme.

It is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M," this letter dating it no later than 1891.

The handle backside is engraved "xBH" in flowing script lettering.

In overall fair condition, it does show polishing wear, which is particularly... Click for details

Gorham "Versailles" Sterling Silver Pastry Fork x 2
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3893f   $38.00

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Having four tines, the lower one of which is wider than the others, and hooked, and with a bell shaped cut in the heel, this 6" long, 1.1 T. oz. piece is a pastry fork.

The pattern is Gorham's figural "Versailles," introduced in 1888.

An old example, the piece is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," and shows traces of an original gold wash on the tine area.

The backside has an Old English "B" monogram.

In excellent condition, this retains clear pattern... Click for details

Whiting "Violet," Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Daniel Low
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3892f   $44.00

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Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this sugar spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," and the name of the retailer, Salem, Massachusetts' well-known "Daniel Low & Co."

The portraiture of the flowers, leaves, and delicate stems is well-rendered, in keeping with the Art Nouveau manner in which style this falls.

The bowl itself is reminiscent of a leaf, with cut edge shoulders and a rounded... Click for details

George Webb, Baltimore, Engraved Feather Edge Sterling Silver Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3891f   $95.00

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The Baltimore Museum of Art volume Maryland Silver indicates George Webb (1812-90) was a second generation silversmith, although he trained under Hugh Gelston rather than his father, James Webb.

This source also notes that he "conducted his highly successful jewelry and silver shop under the name Webb & Co. on Baltimore and Light Streets with W.H. Sexton as a partner 1877-86."

As this 9" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon carries this mark, along with the word "Sterling," it can be... Click for details

Old Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Olive Spoon and Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3890f   On Hold

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This pair of serving items are early examples of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked with the company "lion, anchor, G," emblem, "Pat 1895," and "Sterling."

The spoon measures 6" long and the fork 5 3/4", with the two combined weighing just over .9 T. oz.

Each piece has a gold washed serving end, which is particularly strong and bright on the spoon, and less so on the fork.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed while both are in exceptionally fine condition, showing no wear or flaws, and... Click for details

Watson "Cherub" A. Frankfield & Co. Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3888f   $46.00

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Watson's "Cherub" takes it name from the face of a winged figure which appears throughout the line, although in various orientations and sizes.

This example is a 4 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs, retailed in this case by New York City's "A. Frankfield & Co." In addition to carrying this mark, the piece is stamped "Sterling."

The design appears on each arm and is accompanied by stylized and decorative claw form, cupped, grips.

Never monogrammed, this remains in outstanding... Click for details

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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Perfume, Original Glass Liner
Silver : Sterling

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3887f   $365.00

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Measuring 4" by 3/4" by 1/2" and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this all silver perfume bottle was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "264," and date symbol for "1885" are stamped on the bottom.

The entire body has a hammered surface finished in a gold wash, while the two wider surfaces have raised designs drawn from those of Gorham's "Fontainebleau" Beaux Arts flatware line.

One image is of a man garbed in an outfit befitting the French Court of Francis I, and... Click for details

R. Fisher Jr., New York, "Reverse Tipt" Large Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3884f   $80.00

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Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R. Fisher, Jr." and "331 Broad Way, N.Y." on the reverse, for Richard Fisher, working 1846-50, also... Click for details

Kentucky Coin Silver Teaspoon by George W. Stewart of Lexington
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20190526-01   $24.00

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Offered is a nice example of the maker's mark or retailer's mark used by George W. Stewart of Lexington, KY, working there circa 1843-52. This piece is not in great condition, with a worn and dented bowl that also has a small split, but the mark is clear and well struck, and includes a city and state reference. This spoon also has a period engraved script monogram. This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. All in all a nice old Southern coin silver spoon!

Benjamin Moody Swan, Augusta Maine, c. 1820 Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3879f   $38.00

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Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition.... Click for details

Hamilton & Diesinger Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3877f   $68.00

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Of a size, 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., that is larger than a typical nut scoop and smaller than a berry or cracker, the intended function of this piece is uncertain.

With a large, 2 7/8" by 2" at the widest, shovel like, serving end, it is nonetheless a versatile item.

Marked with the emblem of the Philadelphia firm of "Hamilton & Diesinger," successors to Davis & Galt, plus "Sterling," it dates 1895-99.

It is an attractive rococo design that features scrolls, gadrooning, and a central... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3873f   $65.00

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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" featured a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This instance is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife, and features blueberries and leaves on a stem.

The blade has a curved lower edge and scalloped upper margin.

The backside of the piece is plain, save for a handsome line script "FAT" monogram and the marks, which are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," and "16."

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Rare Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Ayres of Lexington
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190519-02   $95.00

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Offered is a very scarce and early example of Kentucky coin silver by prominent Lexington silversmith Samuel Ayres, whose biographical information appears below. This piece is marked with a maker's mark of "S.AYRES LEX K" in a banner. By style this piece would appear to date to between 1800 and 1810. There is no monogram or sign of erasure, and the maker's mark is rubbed but legible. This piece measures about 4 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. Condition is poor overall, with... Click for details

Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Berry Spoon circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3872f   $110.00

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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise... Click for details

Ball Black & Co. c. 1865 Solid 950 Silver Melon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3871f   $165.00

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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks followed after a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few American makers produced them, so they are truly hard to find items.

Having the typical-to-the-piece extended blade with three, slightly upturned tines at the end, this example is 8 3/8" long, weighs approximately 1.8 T. oz., and is all silver with a hollow handle.

It is stamped "Ball Black & Co." for the premier New York City establishment of the period,... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" A. Stowell & Co. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3868f   $52.00

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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

This is an early piece, unidentified as to... Click for details

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