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Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
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2832f   On Hold

Original Alvin
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A 5 3/4" long, .9 T. oz. grapefruit or citrus spoon, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition. It is free of... Click for details

Josiah Penfield dessert spoon, Fiddle Thread, Savannah
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2224   Sold

Josiah Penfield dessert spoon, Fiddle Thread, Savannah
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circa 1825, length 6 3/4 inches, weight .91 oz. Troy, fine condition, marked "Penfield" in serrated rectangle, monogrammed "H".

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2831f   $295.00

Wood & Hughes
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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

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Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been... Click for details

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2223   $100.00

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
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length 8 5/8 inches, weight 3.9 Troy ounces, monogrammed "B", outstanding original condition, marked "Shreve Crump & Low" with 925 in oval.

Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary... Click for details

Wong Shing Chinese Export Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : China Trade

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2829f   $90.00

Wong Shing Chinese Export Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to... Click for details

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Fine Georgian English Sterling Silver Lemon/Fruit Strainer, c.1739-55
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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20160828-02   Sold

Fine Georgian English Sterling Silver Lemon/Fruit Strainer, c.1739-55
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Offered is a very good early 18th Century English sterling silver fruit strainer, sometimes also called a lemon strainer, fully hallmarked for London. The hallmarks are rubbed, but based upon the shape of the punch for the lion passant and the shape of the leopard's head, the date range of 1739-55 or so seems the most likely candidate. This is an excellent example of a scarce form, with lovely hand-piercing and unusually fine cast handles. One handle has a scratch weight engraved on the... Click for details

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160828-01   $55.00

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
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Offered is a very good American coin silver table spoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this tablespoon is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram of JPJ. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very... Click for details

Stieff Williamsburg Sterling Pepper Caster and Open Salt Trencher
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2828f   $225.00

Stieff Williamsburg Sterling Pepper Caster and Open Salt Trencher
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These items were part of a line of sterling made by the Stieff Silver Company of Baltimore on behalf of Colonial Williamsburg Restoration which was the sole retailer.

Dating circa 1975, they are reproduction items based on actual period pieces.

One is a 5 1/8" tall, 3.1 T. oz., pepper or salt caster. The other is a 1 3/8" tall, 3" base diameter tapering to a 2 3/8" top diameter, 1.8 T. oz., trencher salt with its original clear glass liner.

Estate items in original condition, these... Click for details

Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2827f   $45.00

Black, Starr & Frost
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended... Click for details

Six Matched Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2826f   $110.00

Six Matched Westervelt
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

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Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Flat Handle Sterling Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Wood & Hughes
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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1878, Wood & Hughes' "Venetian" embodies the Moorish or Arabesque design elements that characterized this period.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife. The intricacies of the design are repeated in the extensive engraving on the front of the blade. This is an added enhancement.

There is also an endearing inscription on the handle that reads in feathered script, "M.T. to S. & R.L."

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Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2824f   $40.00

Unger Brothers
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or wizard like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2823f   $55.00

Whiting
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

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H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver "Tipt" Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2822f   $34.00

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver
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A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on... Click for details

Bailey & Co. "Kings" Heavy Coin Silver Place Spoon
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Bailey & Co.
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This 7" long, very weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver spoon variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup, has a double provenance.

It is marked Bailey & Co. (1848-78) for the firm that became Philadphia's renowned "Bailey, Banks & Biddle." It also carries the pseudo hallmark of manufacturer "Taylor & Lawrie," who sold to "Bailey & Kitchen," forerunner of "Bailey & Co."

Citing D.A. Soeffing, Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes, "In... Click for details

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