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Pair William Johnson, London, 1834 "Tipt" Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3211f   $125.00


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To a European scale, each of these two, matching, forks measures 8" long. They are very heavy at 5.2 T. oz. the pair.

The pattern is a "Tipt," with beveled edges along the margins of the handles. The ends are slightly upturned, and the tines are long and tapered.

Each piece is fully marked with a "lion" for sterling, a "leopard's face" for London, a date letter "e" for 1834-35, a duty mark, and "WJ" for maker William Johnson.

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Brown & Shaver, Utica, NY, Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3209f   $44.00


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Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver sold out to Brown in 1858, but whose interest he bought back in 1863. All this history indicates the mark on this piece is rarer than most associated with the Shaver name.

The pattern is one described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design... Click for details

Whiting cast ROSE ice cream knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2267   $575.00


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Long, massive and superbly well constructed, this would make an ideal piece for the bride who seeks to cut the cake in a most elegant manner.

Length twelve inches, weight 8 Troy ounces (!), a few barely visible nicks at upper edge of blade but fine overall condition.

J.L. Moore & Co., NYC, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon, Mint
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3205f   $48.00


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Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"... Click for details

Towle "Old English" (Rose) Sterling Silver Pierced Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3204f   $210.00


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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

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Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon Set
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3203dd   $105.00


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This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. The spoon measures 9" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz., while the fork is slightly shorter at 8 7/8" and lighter at 1.0 T. oz.

Both items have matte finish, gold washed serving ends and are engraved in script "1865-1915" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

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Gorham "Beaded," Harris & Shafer, DC, Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3202f   $155.00


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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a... Click for details

Wason "Lily" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Bon Bon Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3198f   $65.00


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A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

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Whiting "Persian" Moorish Style Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3197f   $90.00


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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that... Click for details

E. Borhek, Philadelphia, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3195f   $20.00


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In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders... Click for details

Cornelia Anna Ritch christening cup
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2264   $350.00


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Cornelia Anna Ritch (1847-1916) may well have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. We know for sure that at the age of six, she had a fine looking coin silver cup in her hand.

Her great great great grandfather, Henry Ritch, was among the original settlers of Greenwich, CT, having received a grant of three acres there on May 19th, 1686. Her family has always been among the town’s leading citizens, comprising notable attorneys, quarry owners, and the first successful oyster... Click for details

Liberty CYMRIC sterling pepper caster
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2263   Sold


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hand wrought, height 3 1/4 inches, weight 1.74 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

With sinuous curves and whimsical spade-shaped feet, this is truly a little classic of English Art Nouveau silver.

Eames plywood lounge chair sterling miniature, Acme Studios
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2262   $90.00


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height 2 1/2; width 1 5/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, weight 1.06 Troy ounces.

Perfect for the aspiring collector of mid-century modern furniture who has wisely chosen to live in a tiny house. Should you care for more info on the original, please note that this chair is so famous as to warrant its own Wikipedia entry.

International "Cambridge" Beaded Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3191f   $48.00


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A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement.

The heel of the tine area is slightly cupped, and is embellished with an elaboration of the pattern on the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in choice estate condition. There is no evident polishing wear and... Click for details

Canfield, Baltimore, 10.15 Standard Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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3188f   $70.00


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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

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Alvin Art Nouveau "Majestic" Sterling Silver Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3187f   $48.00


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An appealing multi-motif floral design, this 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., "Majestic" pattern bon bon is further enhanced by its decorative, relatively large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8", three-lobed, bowl.

A turn of the 20th century design, it was made by Alvin, whose company emblem and the word "Sterling" is imprinted on the handle backside in fine lettering.

The flowers on this item include an iris set midway on the handle, and roses at the terminus. These are accompanied by intertwined leaves,... Click for details

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