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Durgin "Dauphin" Sterling Silver Large Bowl Gumbo Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2904f   $95.00


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The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are substantially sized items.

Consistent with that, this example measures 6 7/8" long and is quite heavy, at 1.7 T. oz.

The pattern is "Dauphin" by Durgin, issued in 1897.

Apropos of the name, the design is French in manner. It features a variety of high relief flowers and leaves, with a ribbon border. The backside heel of the roughly 2" diameter bowl features an expanded leaf portraiture, interpreted in a free-flowing, Art Nouveau... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Unique" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2903f   $36.00


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Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY, operated under various names from the mid to late 1800s. The "H&S" mark (along with "Sterling") imprinted on the blade of this 7" long, relatively weighty at 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife in the company's "Unique" pattern was used 1864-71 according to an entry in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

The design is characteristic of the period, incorporating leaf and anthemion elements rather abundantly employed. It is... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" Ram's Head Sterling Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2900mt   $46.00


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A pattern originated by Henry Hebbard, a major name among mid 19th century, New York City, silver manufacturers, "Grecian" eventually became a stable among Whiting's full line offerings.

This example is a 7" long, weighty at 1.2 T.oz., dessert or oval soup, place spoon. It was made by Whiting, whose lion emblem, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat 1862," appear on the backside.

The design incorporates three defining elements, all of which are derivative of the name. The dominant... Click for details

Currier & Roby Large Sterling Silver Tea Strainer with Holder
Silver : Sterling

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2899f   $145.00


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A renowned firm in its time, essentially the first four decades of the 20th century, Currier & Roby was built on a partnership of two skilled silversmiths, one of whom was also a designer and researcher of early American silver.

This pair of of items is reflective of their high quality work. They are in the fashion of earlier styles, executed in an Arts & Crafts manner.

The main piece is a 5 5/8" diameter handle tip to handle tip, 1.1 T. oz., tea strainer. The actual strainer section... Click for details

small Italian silver swan
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2232   $150.00


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height 2 1/2; length 2 7/8 inches, weight 1.73 Troy ounces, fine condition, no monogram, marked as shown.

Rare Very Early Old English Pattern Crested Soup Ladle Circa 1755
Silver : Sterling

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20161101-01   $375.00


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Offered is a lovely and extremely rare example of the Old English pattern in the first few years of its development. The first moves away from the Hanoverian pattern were with the larger serving pieces, such as this soup ladle, and with some forks. The primary reason for this shift was the discomfort of using pieces like soup ladles with the turned-up handles of the Hanoverian pattern; the turned-down end of the Old English pattern was simply more comfortable in the hand.

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Early Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2891f   $65.00


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Measuring 6" long and weighing just scant of 1.0 T. oz., this four tine item is a pastry fork.

It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."

It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.

The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly... Click for details

Early Crested Irish Georgian Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon, Ca. 1784
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-05   $145.00


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Offered is a fine Irish 18th Century sterling silver stuffing or gravy spoon fully hallmarked for Dublin, 1784 and bearing the maker's mark of John Pittar, a prolific and well-respected silversmith. The hallmarks and maker's mark are clear and well struck. This piece also bears a period engraved armorial of a hand grasping a dagger. This platter spoon measures about 11 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 96 grams. It is quite a good example of the "Celtic point" style or pattern. ... Click for details

George III English Sterling Stuffing Spoon by John Lias, Circa 1787
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-04   $100.00


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Offered is a good late 18th Century English sterling silver stuffing spoon hallmarked for London, 1787 and bearing a makers mark of IL, which is probably one of the marks used by John Lias. This piece is also decorated with a well-executed period engraved feathered script monogram of "RMM". It measures about 11 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 92 grams. Condition is good overall, with two tiny shallow dimples in the bowl and a few small scratches, but no major dents and no splits or... Click for details

Gorgeous Russian Empire Pair of Sugar Tongs from Riga, Ca. 1881
Silver

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20161030-03   $60.00


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Offered is a rare example of 19th Century silver from Riga, Latvia, at the time a part of the Russian Empire. This piece is a heavy and well-decorated pair of sugar tongs bearing hallmarks for Riga, 1881. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs a heavy 56 grams or so. This example of a pair of sugar tongs is interesting in that it has a style that is distinct from Russian pieces, but is also distinct from tongs from the Western European countries. It is an attractive pair! ... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Jacob Stockman of Philadelphia c1832-50
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-02   $12.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver salt spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Stockman, working alone and in partnership circa 1819 to 1850 as a silversmith and pencil and thimble maker, and from 1850-55 as a pencil-maker and jeweler. This spoon probably dates to the 1832-50 period by style; Stockman was working alone during this period and produced much of his work then. This piece bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 3 3/4... Click for details

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20161030-01   $25.00


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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Whiting Mid 19th Century "Calla Lily" Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2888f   $475.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was... Click for details

Lattice Sterling Mustard Pot with Ladle and Ruby Red Glass Liner
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2887f   $90.00


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Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

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Very Early Georgian Cast Sugar Tongs by William & John Deane c1759-68
Silver : Sterling

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20161023-01   $60.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of specialist London sugar tong maker silversmiths William & John Deane, whose biographical information appears below, courtesy of the site

http://www.silversugartongs.com/

http://www.silversugartongs.com/london/DWI%20-%20William%20and%20John%20Deane/William%20and%20John%20Deane.htm

As noted on that site, cast tongs by the Deanes are very uncommon - the tongs on the site, which are very similar to these, are the first pair the site owner... Click for details

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