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Good Large English Georgian Sterling Silver Soup Ladle. Circa 1802
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191019-02   $135.00


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Offered is a very nice large English sterling silver soup or punch ladle, bearing London hallmarks for 1802, and a maker's mark of T*D, perhaps for Thomas Dicks. This piece has clear marks and also features a nicely done period engraved script monogram. This ladle measures about 13 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 181 grams. Condition is good overall; there are some bumps to the bowl, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the photos. All in all a nice... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver 10 1/4" Serving Ladle by William Brown & Co. of Balt.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191018-01   $85.00


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Offered is a lovely and well-made American coin silver serving ladle in a great transitional size midway between soup ladles and sauce or gravy ladles - at 10 1/4 inches in length it is the perfect size for display or use at today's table. This piece bears the maker's mark or retailer's mark of W. Brown & Co., presumably for William Brown & Co. of Baltimore (working 1856-66), though there were a number of William Browns working in Philadelphia and by style this piece could be from either... Click for details

Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Solid Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4013f   $70.00


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A 7 1/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., flat-handle master butter knife, this is an old example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

It exhibits the fine detail of an early production piece, which in this instance extends onto the blade. The handle is up-tipped, which is an additional feature associated with older examples; later pieces had flat handle ends.

There is a line script "H" monogram engraved on the handle front.

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Copenhagen Silver Industry Hand Made Large Sterling Ladle Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4012f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Something between a ladle and a spoon, this 9 1/2" long, 3 1/8" diameter, 3/4" deep, round bowl item is very heavy at 5.0 T. oz.

It is extensively marked, including "Copenhagen Silver Industry Ltd.," "Sterling Hand Wrought Denmark," and an emblem.

Reference information about this Danish Modern Arts & Crafts maker is scant, although enough material is available to indicate this "floral and inscribed" pattern is a standard design with the firm, with a likely 1930s date.

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Gorham "Grecian" 1861 Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4011f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

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Pr. Frankfort, KY Spoons by B. F. Meek; Engraved for Parsonage, M.E.C.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191014-01   $135.00


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Offered is an important and interesting pair of Kentucky coin silver spoons by noted Frankfort silversmith, watchmaker and fishing reel maker Benjamin F. Meek, working circa 1830s - 1870s in the silversmithing line on and off. Although Meek's work is always sought-after, this pair of spoons has something more special about them. They are engraved "Parsonage" over "MEC" - presumably for the parsonage (home of the pastor) of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Frankfort, or another nearby. Church... Click for details

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Wm. Kendrick, Louisville KY, "Gibney" Coin Silver Youth Spoon & Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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4010f   $95.00


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Generally attributed to Michael Gibney, the patent for this 1862 eponymously named pattern was apparently issued to Francis H. Gibney. In either case, it has long been identified as a Whiting design.

This matched 6 5/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife and 6" long, .8 T. oz., spoon are coin silver and may predate the Whiting association (later production was made to a sterling standard).

Each piece is stamped "W. Kendrick" for the Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, with the spoon additionally... Click for details

Watson "Lily" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4009f   $68.00


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Weighty at 1.2 T. oz., this 4 3/4" long pair of sugar tongs is stamped with the "crown, W, lion" mark of the Watson Company, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Lily," dating from the early 20th century.

An expressive Art Nouveau design, it incorporates a cluster of blossoms at the tops of the arms, and has cupped grips that are imaginatively formed into a gathering of undulating leaves.

Never monogrammed, these are in immaculate condition, free of polishing wear, bends,... Click for details

Antique Sterling Silver Lorgnette
Silver : Sterling

Cheshire Cat Gallery  
BNJfolGlass   $125.00


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Nice antique sterling Magnifying folding octoganal lorgnette spring mounted. Measures 4.5 inches open. Excellent condition.

Gorham "Cottage" Engraved Blade Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4007f   $95.00


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An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

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coin silver salver, Welles & Gelston, Boston circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2413   $950.00


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diameter, 8.5"; height .75"; weight 14.0 oz. Troy; a few minor scratches and dents but excellent overall condition, no monogram, marked as shown in fifth enlargement.

Some similarities such as the ring-matte chasing (see second photo) exist between this and China Trade items which were imported to Boston during an albeit slightly later time frame, (see Forbes, figures 41 and 153), which along with the four toed feet and overall chunky-ness of this item leads me to wonder if Messr's Welles... Click for details

Victorian Sterling Silver Filigree Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4006f   $65.00


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A charmingly delicate piece, this bon bon measures 4 3/8" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

All sterling silver, and so marked, it features an open work bowl that incorporates a series of swirls, leaves, and beading, punctuated by four symmetrically-situated floral rosettes.

The wire frame handle repeats the same structure and motif as the bowl.

In flawless condition, this is without any wear or damage. The filigree work is completely intact, absent any breaks or bends.

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Alvin silver overlay cologne bottle
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2412   Sold


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height 4 1/4:, diameter 3 1/2 inches, no monogram, fine condition, please see fourth photo for mark.

There was a time when folks would actually get excited to find one of these with nicely engraved silver, almost no cloudiness to the glass and no nicks on the stopper, but now we're expecting aught but a chorus of yawns. Go ahead, surprise me!!

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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Full Size Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4003f   $65.00


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True dinner length at 7 1/2", and substantial weight at 1.8 T. oz., this fork was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the handle reverse, along with the name of the retailer, "T.E. Thompson," Galveston, Texas.

The pattern is "Fontainebleau" issued in 1882. It features a variety of figures drawn from the court of French King "Francis I."

The image in this instance is of a young man in period garb carrying a tray with a roasted bird on it.

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Fine Coin Silver Teaspoon by Edward Lownes Circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-05   $27.50


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Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes - by style and shape, this should date to around 1820. This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark, and a very fine period engraved script monogram. Please take a look at all of the pictures. This spoon measures about 6 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest surface wear and a few sings of use, but no major dings and no splits or... Click for details

Very Rare Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Frederick Smith C. 1833-45
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-04   $29.50


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Offered is a quite rare example of the work of Philadelphia jeweler and silversmith Frederick H. Smith, working from 1833 to 1845 with silver, and then in related lines thereafter. This spoon probably dates to the earlier part of his career. It has a very clear maker's mark, and this mark was pictured in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Smith's output, at least for flatware, seems to have been very small. This piece also has a period engraved script monogram. This... Click for details

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