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Frank Smith "Priscilla" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
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2188f   $46

Frank Smith
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A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this... Click for details

S.D. Brower "Medallion" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2186f   $38

S.D. Brower
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This piece is a 5 7/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon was made by Sperry Douglas Brower who was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, which this is, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen.

This example features a right facing, slightly... Click for details

Swedish Mid-Century Punch Ladle Lily of the Valley
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BJswedLadle   $135

Swedish Mid-Century Punch Ladle Lily of the Valley
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Large 11" long silver spoon ladle marked on back Sweden. The bowl measures 4.5" across. Dates mid 20th Century

6 Matching, Boston, "Olive" Coin Silver Dinner Forks
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2185f   $250

6 Matching, Boston,
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Marked "S.T. Crosby" for the Boston retailer, 1854-61, each of these six forks measures 7 7/16" long. They likely were originally 7 1/2", dinner size, but show some tip wear on the tines (and light knife cuts on the backsides). Quite heavy, the group weighs 9.6 T oz.

The pattern is "Olive," with the actual maker probably Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston firm. In addition to the retailer's mark, they are stamped "Pure-Coin," a designation primarily used in New England.

The... Click for details

Gorham c. 1870 "Morning Glory" Sterling Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2184f   $195

Gorham c. 1870
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A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers. Even such detail as the decorative wire that wraps the end of the... Click for details

Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
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2182f   $115

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

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Wallace "Waverly" Original Twist Sterling Butter Pick
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2181f   $32

Wallace
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Patented in 1892, as indicated on the backside of this 6 1/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., butter pick, Wallace's "Waverly" features a leafy scroll margin. It shares a close design sensibility with Whiting's "Louis XV," which dates from 1891, as well as Gorham's "Strasbourg," from the same period.

This is a fully original item, factory produced and not made up or adapted from another piece. It has a narrow, straight, handle, and a tapered, twisted tip.

The condition is mint estate, and... Click for details

Lunt "Chippendale" Sterling Pierced Cucumber Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2180f   $55

Lunt
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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this cucumber server is an early production piece bearing the three part Rogers, Lunt & Bowlen mark that was supplanted by the simpler Lunt Sterling in 1935.

The pattern is "Chippendale," dating from 1910. It has a reticulated handle with a design that is fully consonant with the name.

The serving end incorporates open work that is complimentary to the pattern elements. It is nearly square overall, approximately 2 1/4" on a... Click for details

Philo Gilbert Engraved Scene Coin Silver Cake Saw
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2179f   On Hold

Philo Gilbert Engraved Scene Coin Silver Cake Saw
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The pattern (dubbed "Queen of the Sea" by one source) on this 9 1/2" long, substantial weight, 2.4 T. oz., cake saw engenders a lot of discussion among those who follow such matters.

There is a weak consensus that it originated with New York's Philo Gilbert, and indeed his four part pseudo hallmark (lion, leopard, S, bust) appears on this piece, although many other makers placed their names on this pattern, as well, and therein lies the mystery as to definite attribution. "Gorham" and... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2178f   $95

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2176f   $55

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

Hebbard for Tiffany "Grecian" Figural Sterling Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2175f   $125

Hebbard for Tiffany
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This "Grecian" is one of several patterns that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure and is attributed to Whiting, although the pattern actually originated with New York's Henry Hebbard.

His "H.H." stamp appears on the inside of each arm of this 4 7/8" long, nearly 1.1 T. oz. pair of sugar tongs. Other marks include "Patent. 862 [1862]" and the name of the retailer who in this instance was "Tiffany & Co."

There is an Old English "L.J." engraved on one arm, while... Click for details

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2174f   $145

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
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Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open, probably candy, dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide, and weighs 4.5 T. oz.

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Mid 19th C. Engraved Right Angle Coin Butter Knife
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Mid 19th C. Engraved Right  Angle Coin Butter Knife
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A charming piece, this 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., master butter knife is marked only "Coin," so the particular maker is unknown. It dates circa 1860, and has a flat handle that is set at a right angle to the scalloped blade.

This construction commonly incorporates a single piece of silver twisted to create the angle. In this instance, the handle and blade were separately made and seamed together, as evidenced by the structure of the join.

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Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140803-05   $20

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
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Offered is a great, early American coin silver teaspoon from the little-known shop of David Laverack, working in Paterson, NJ circa 1850-65. A watch paper from Laverack's shop in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Laverack is also listed in Kirkbride's New Jersey Business Directory for 1850. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is fair, with some wear and dings, but no splits or repairs. There is a small notch from... Click for details

Thomas Fletcher Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140803-04   $12.50

Thomas Fletcher Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1810
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Offered is an American coin silver teaspoon with a maker's mark of T.F - I believe this is a mark that Thomas Fletcher was using in Boston before moving to Philadelphia. This piece measures about 5 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 8 grams. Condition overall is very good, with light surface wear but no significant dents or dimples, and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American silver!

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