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Boston c. 1870 Crested Sterling Silver Tea Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2111f   $55.00

Boston c. 1870 Crested Sterling Silver Tea Fork
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An "Old English" design with a tipt backside, this 6 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 1.6 T. oz., fork possesses a level of refinement reflective of the growing sophistication of mid 19th American silver production.

The simplicity of the design of this particular example exhibits an understated elegance, which is consonant with its Boston origins. Dating circa 1870, this is stamped "Bigelow, Kennard & Co" for the Boston retailer, and "925" in an oval.

It was likely a tea or dessert... Click for details

Four Matched Tiffany "King's" Sterling Nut Picks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2110nr   $350.00

Four Matched Tiffany
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This Tiffany pattern, introduced in 1870, went through an evolution of names according to William Hood in his reference work "Tiffany Silver Flatware."

He notes it was originally called "King's" or "King" and that some Tiffany archives refer to it as "Old King," to distinguish it from the later "English King." For some period, it was known as "Cook," and available only by special order. It was reissued in 1956 as "Saratoga," which is the name that generally conveys with it today.

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Theodore Schwabe Tablespoon Ca. 1846-56, Zanesville, OH
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140614-01   $55.00

Theodore Schwabe Tablespoon Ca. 1846-56, Zanesville, OH
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A fine and rare American coin silver tablespoon by little-known Zanesville, Ohio jeweler Theodore Schwabe, working circa 1846-58. This is the only example of Schwabe's work that I've encountered or heard of. Schwabe was also a clockmaker, and an eight-day clock is known bearing his name. Schwabe advertised as a manufacturer of Masonic jewelry in 1858; he died in that year. Silver bearing Schwabe's mark appears to be quite rare, and this is a good example, with an extremely clear maker's... Click for details

Old, Solid Sterling Gorham "Chantilly" Asparagus Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2109nr   $375.00

Old, Solid Sterling Gorham
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An early piece, this asparagus server carries the old Gorham "lion, anchor, G" mark, along with the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1895."

Solid silver, it measures 8 3/4" long and weighs approximately 3.7 T. oz. The reticulated, five tine, blade end is roughly 3 3/8" square, and has a raised, scalloped shoulder where it joins the handle.

The piece is without a monogram or removal and in very fine condition. There is no visible polishing wear and the finish is lustrous. The serving end is... Click for details

Hayne & Cater, London 1844, Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2108f   $85.00

Hayne & Cater, London 1844, Sterling Serving Spoon
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Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and... Click for details

Towle "Canterbury" Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2107dd   $125.00

Towle
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Identified specifically for use with lettuce, as opposed to salad, this matching spoon and fork form was a reflection of the 19th century's inclination to devise specialized implements for individual foods.

This matching pair was made by Towle in its 1893 "Canterbury" pattern. 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"... Click for details

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Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2106f   $165.00

Unusual 19th Century Gorham Aesthetic Sterling Bookmark
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Marked with the number "1," the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling," this combination bookmark and letter opener is a novel item.

It measures 4 3/4" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz. It has a tubular stem handle with a series of concentric rings. This has an Aesthetic sensibility to it.

There is a crosspiece at the attachment with the blade. This supports an element that suggests a Celtic knot in design, and which serves as the upper portion of the actual page marker.

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Four Whiting "Imperial Queen" Sterling Egg Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2104dd   $150.00

Four Whiting
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Showing no wear whatsoever and having brilliant finishes, this set of four, estate, egg spoons are in mint condition.

Each one measures 5" long, has a fine, script "JSH" monogram, and a matte finish, gold washed bowl. The group weighs 1.8 T. oz.

Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. 1893," and an Old English "O."

Shreve San Francisco "Greek Key" Sterling & Enamel Cup
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2103f   $195.00

Shreve San Francisco
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According to Rainwater in "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," "[Shreve & Co.'s] production focused on special order merchandise [which was] sold only through the firm's own retail shop."

An usual item, this 2" high, 3 1/2" top diameter, 4 1/2" maximum span, 2.9 T. oz., cup may have been one of those special order items. It is singular in design, and further distinguished by the blue cloisonne enameled band along the upper rim. Enamel work examples from Shreve are not readily... Click for details

Whiting "Rose & Scroll" Sterling Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2101f   $135.00

Whiting
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Referred to both in the singular and plural, that is "Rose and Scroll" and "Roses and Scrolls," this Whiting pattern dates circa 1890.

This was a transition time between design modes and this shows both Aesthetic and Art Nouveau influences. The form is asymmetrical and rather exotic suggesting the former, while the expressive, unrestrained elements in the portraiture suggest the latter.

This piece is a large, 9" long, 2.3 T. oz., possibly salad or vegetable serving spoon.

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Stieff "Rose" Solid Sterling Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2100dd   $115.00

Stieff
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Identical in form to a hot cake lifter, and certainly suitable for that purpose, but slightly smaller at 7 1/2" long, this example of Stieff "Rose" is a tomato server. It is a heavy piece, weighing 2.7 T. oz.

The 2 3/4" diameter, round server is solid, not pierced, and has an "MLT" script monogram inscribed on it. The backside of the handle is engraved "1929" so it is a relatively early item in this pattern which was first issued in 1892.

The condition is excellent estate. It is free... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Marquise" Solid Sterling Toast Fork
Silver : Sterling

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2098dd   $145.00

Reed & Barton
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That such a mundane item as toast would have a server of the elegance and scale of this 7 1/4" long, nearly 1.7 T. oz., all silver, fork is testament to the Victorian inclination to surround all aspects of a meal with a sense of formality and presentation.

The pattern is "La Marquise" by Reed & Barton. Patented in 1895, it is a scroll and bead design, tending toward the rococo in manner. There is a script "VP" monogram on the handle.

The serving end is the real story with toast forks... Click for details

Tiffany Arts & Crafts "Richard" Sterling Youth Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2096f  

Tiffany Arts & Crafts
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Measuring 6 3/16" long and weighing a substantial 1.2 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and with a lower case "m," used 1907-47. Given its Arts & Crafts style of this, it no doubt traces to early in this range.

It is plain save for the end which has a hand cut, open work design. The entire surface of the piece has a smooth, highly tactile, satin-like finish that is pleasing to the hand.

It is engraved "Richard" in script on the handle.

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19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
Silver : Plate

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2094dd   $1,500.00

19th Century Silverplate & Cut Glass Epergne
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This four-branch epergne, or sweetmeat server, is a grand piece that traces to a time when presentation was a component part of the culinary experience.

It is comprised of a silverplate frame that supports one central and four subsidiary cut glass dishes. Large scale, it stands 11" at the highest edge of the main bowl and is 14" across length and width. The main bowl measures 10 1/2" x 7" x 3" deep. The small bowls are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" deep.

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Gorham "Old Baronial" All Sterling Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2093dd   $265.00

Gorham
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Dating from late in the 19th century, Gorham's "Old Baronial" has characteristics similar to a kings design, but is more elaborate.

The dominant feature is the lion or leopard head that surmounts what would be the end of the handle on something other than tongs. Other elements include acanthus leaves, shells, flowers, and scrolling.

This example is a large, 6 7/8" long, heavy, 3.6 T. oz., solid silver pair of ice tongs. The grips are pierced, with one bowl form and one fork form. ... Click for details

Gorham "Palm Beach" Vermeil Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2091dd   $335.00

Gorham
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Expressive of its namesake place in a variety of ways, "Palm Beach" was a limited line produced by Gorham around 1900. This example is an 8 1/2" long, heavy, 2.4 T. oz., serving spoon.

The handle is formed like a palm tree trunk, while the backside of the bowl portrays the full spray palm fronds that cap the trunk.

The entire piece is vermeil, save for the background behind the leaves, which remains silver. The gold could imply both the prosperity associated with Palm Beach, and the... Click for details

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