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Andrew Warner ONSLOW variant mustard spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2381   $90.00


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Baltimore circa 1860, length five inches, weight .52 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition. Please see third photo for mark. Gilding appears to be original but there is no way to know this, for sure.

This pattern is not common in American silver of the 19th century.

Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3741f   On Hold


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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the... Click for details

Allan Adler "Sunset" Round Bowl Small Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3740f   $28.00


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Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .9 T. oz., this piece is marked "Allan Adler" and "Sterling" on the reverse.

A renowned California silversmith known for his modernist designs, and coincidentally a son-in-law of Porter Blanchard, Adler's working dates spanned the middle to later 20th century.

This example is in the "Sunset" pattern. Clean and straightforward, it has an angular end handle and shows the hammering marks characteristic of hand crafted silver, on all... Click for details

Towle POMONA jam spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2380   $55.00


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or large sugar shell, length 6 3/8 inches, weight 1.26 Troy ounces, fine condition, monogrammed "Jessie".

Alvin VIRGINIA pie server,
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2379   $75.00


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properly known as a "pie knife," length ten inches, light scratches on front of blade but good overall condition, weight 2.93 Troy ounces, monogrammed with a lovely Art Nouveau script "S."

Gorham BUTTERCUP strawberry fork and three more
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2378   On Hold


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including (top to bottom) D & H Number Ten, Blackinton "Thistle," and Gorham Cambridge which is monogrammed as shown. All are in excellent condition and average 4 1/2 inches. Total Troy weight 1.43 oz.

Price is for all four-- what a deal!! Make some fondue (remember fondue??) and invite a few friends over for dinner.

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Set of Eight Durgin "Iris" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Place Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3738f   $345.00


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An enduringly appealing floral design, Durgin's turn of the 20th century "Iris" follows after the manner of that company's flagship "New Art" line.

Both patterns are ebullient in the way they interpret iris blossoms in this instance, and additional flowers in "New Art."

This set of eight place aka regular forks all measure 7" long, and as is the case with the line, are heavy, with the group weighing 13.1 T. oz. combined, or well over 1.5 T. oz. per fork.

Seven of them are engraved "MR"... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Round Bowl Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3737f   $65.00


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Whiting made at least two forms of sugar spoons in its 1880 "Berry" pattern, perhaps the more common one a shell bowl, and this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., example with a scalloped edge, round bowl.

A multi-motif design, "Berry" portrays a variety of fruit, leaves, and branches, relative to the individual piece, the portraiture on this being blueberry.

In excellent condition, it has never been monogrammed (which would have appeared on the plain backside of the handle). Pattern detail remains... Click for details

Tiffany "Clinton Engraved" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork with Spur
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3733f   $85.00


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A rare form variant, this 4 3/16" long, nearly .5 T. oz., Tiffany & Co. lemon fork has two pointed outer tines, and a shorter central, raised one described by William Hood in Tiffany Silver Flatware as a "spur."

The pattern is "Clinton Engraved," which features an Adamesque, flower and swag motif delicately etched on the otherwise plain (with a tipt backside) surface of "Clinton."

Never monogrammed, this is in flawless condition, absent polishing wear, having an even finish, and... Click for details

Whiting "Persian" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon with Large Fluted Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3732f   $155.00


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A substantially-sized piece, measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this is a pudding, large berry, or other serving spoon.

The pattern is Whiting's "Persian," which dates from 1880, and is a Moorish 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.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 4" by 2 3/8" at the widest, and has a fluted or piecrust rim. The interior is engraved in a stylized... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3729f   $165.00


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

Gorham "Rampant Lion" No. 610 Sterling Silver Confection Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3726f   $315.00


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A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the... Click for details

Whiting (attrib) figural sterling napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2377   Sold


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With applied bird, ivy, and wirework tendrils, weight 1.53 Troy ounces, diameter 1 5/8 inches, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement, marked only "169" on base.

So far as I can see, there are no losses, though condition can be difficult to assess on this type of item.

Sterling Top with Panel Cut Glass Base Syrup Jug or Pitcher
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3723f   $72.00


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Likely dating either side of 1900, this item stands 4" high and is 3 3/4" across at the widest.

A syrup jug or pitcher, the base is panel cut glass, with a sterling collar and hinged lid. The glass handle is blown and applied.

The lid has a raised bead, almost egg and dart, trim around the edge. This detail repeats on the scrolled, solid silver handle.

In very good condition, there are few signs of wear, largely evident in fine scratches on the outside base, as well as a bit of... Click for details

O. Rich, Boston, 1852 "Louisa C. Johnson" Large Coin Silver Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3722f   On Hold


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Standing 3 9/16" to the rim, 3 3/4" to the highest point at the tip of the handle, with a tapered body that is 3 3/8" wide at the top opening and 2 7/8" across on the base, and weighing 6.0 T. oz., this mug is exceptionally large.

It is marked on the underside "O[badiah]. Rich," "Boston," and "fine," indicating coin silver.

Rich (1809-88) was a Boston silversmith who left a considerable legacy in his work. Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers notes,... Click for details

Reed & Barton sterling christening cup
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2376   $175.00


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height just shy of 3 1/2 inches, weight 5.19 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

Though there is a slight condition issue (minor dent just above base; see fourth photo), the quality of repousée chasing throughout this piece is exceptional. All detail is perfectly preserved, even the delicate hammer marks left by the silversmith's tools.

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