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"Bow" or "Ribbon" Coin Silver Engraved Pastry Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2300f   $38.00


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This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the... Click for details

Old Dominick & Haff "Labors of Cupid" Cocktail Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2299f   $65.00

Old Dominick & Haff
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Variously referenced as oyster, seafood, or cocktail fork, the form of this piece is invariably the same, with three small trident tines joined on the end of a slender handle.

This example was made by Dominick & Haff in its fabled "Labors of Cupid." It is an old piece, circa 1900, not a more recent reissued one. It is marked with the D&H emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm. Wise & Son."

A multi-motif, figural design, the pattern incorporates various... Click for details

Early Indian Colonial Silver Cup by George Gordon & Co.
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141202-01   $125.00

Early Indian Colonial Silver Cup by George Gordon & Co.
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Offered is a fine early Indian colonial silver christening cup by George Gordon & Company, working in Madras between 1822 and 1842 (see pages 44-46 of Wilkinson's "Indian Colonial Silver". This cup bears a good legible maker's mark, a period script engraved name of "Blanche", and is in very good condition, with minimal wear for its age and no dents, splits or repairs. There is period gilding to the interior. This piece measures a bit over 3 1/8 inches in height to the rim, and weighs about 84... Click for details

Figural Gorham "Piper" Sterling Youth Spoon Gold Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2297f   $55.00

Figural Gorham
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A multi-motif line, Gorham's "Piper" features various youthful characters engaged in childhood activities.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., youth spoon. It has the large bowl associated with the form, and in this instance, finished in a largely intact gold wash front and back sides.

The image is of a boy carrying a bundle of books and what appears to be a large tablet under his arm. The backdrop looks in the manner of a European low country village street scene, which would... Click for details

Shiebler "Homeric" Sterling Bracelet
Silver : Sterling

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2295dd   $525.00

Shiebler
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Measuring 7 3/4" long by 7/8" at the widest, and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this sterling silver bar bracelet is model number "569" by Shiebler. The maker's "winged S" emblem, this number, and the word "Sterling" are stamped on the backside.

It is in the "Homeric," aka "Etruscan," style for which Shiebler is renowned. The hammered, irregular surfaces also suggest Aesthetic influences, which is consistent with the circa 1880 date of this.

There are six individual disks joined by... Click for details

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2293f   $40.00

Tiffany c. 1861 Bright Cut Sterling Silver Tea Fork
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Stamped with an "H&M" for the maker, New York City's Hebbard & Moore, 1861-65, this tea or dessert fork was retailed by "Tiffany & Co.," whose mark also appears on the backside, along with "Sterling."

It is tea or dessert size, measuring 7" long and weighing a relatively heavy 1.3 T. oz.

It has a rounded, down turned end, with a tipt backside. The front is engraved in a period design utilizing bright cut and wriggle work.

There is an Old English "T.F.H." monogram set sideways on the... Click for details

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Polhamus for Tiffany "Ionic" Sterling Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2291f   $38.00

Polhamus for Tiffany
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.

One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Rose" Enamel on Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2289f   $25.00

Reed & Barton
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One of a floral series produced by Reed & Barton, this teaspoon measures 5 5/8" long and weighs .7 T. oz. It features enamel pale yellow enameled rose on the handle end. This is subtly executed, with shading on the petals, and a pink blush center to the blossom. The green stem and leaves are likewise shaded and incorporate surface detail.

This was a presentation piece, presumably youth spoon, as it is inscribed in script on the reverse, "June 30th, 1892," and "James Fullerton Kellogg." ... Click for details

"Pillsbury Academy" Minnesota Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2287f   $32.00


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Made by Watson, whose Mechanics pennant emblem appears of the backside along with the word "Sterling," this early 20th century, 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., "Minnesota" souvenir spoon has an engraved bowl that portrays the "Pillsbury Acadamy" in Owatonna.

This institution operated under several identities, including a military school and a Baptist college, while the campus is now owned and run by "Pillsbury College Prep."

The finely rendered bright cut engraving is set on a pale gold wash... Click for details

Old Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2286f   $22.00

Old Gorham
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At 4 3/8" long and weighing approximately .4 T. oz., this three tine lemon fork is an early example of Gorham's "Chantilly," marked on the backside "Pat. 1895," "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."

It is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. The tines are free of burrs, nicks, or bends, there is no polishing wear, and the finish is lustrous.

India Trade silver card case,
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2203   $350.00

India Trade silver card case,
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a rare, diminutive example, 3 1/8 X 1 7/8 X just under 1/2 inches, weight 2.3 Troy ounces.

It is an unusual pleasure to find an object which is engraved ("J. Diprose, EsqR / from J.J.G. Bombay") with both a name and a location, to lend it an added sense of history.

This item is superb in both design and execution. Though we always hesitate to say "flawless condition," one would be hard-pressed to find fault. If your collection wants for a representative from Victorian era silver... Click for details

C.&A.W. Johnson, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2284f   $40.00

C.&A.W. Johnson, Albany,
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties.

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E.A. Whitney "Sheridan's Ride" Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2283f   $165.00

E.A. Whitney
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E.A. Whitney of Boston is known for its production of historical theme souvenir spoons, many related to the American Civil War, which is the case with this 5 7/8" long, heavy at just over 1.1 T. oz., example.

The subject is "Sheridan's Ride," an event that became the basis of a poem, and significant enough that the general's horse was preserved by a taxidermist and remains at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

It features a finely articulated bust of an older Sheridan... Click for details

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9" Bowl with Sterling Rim
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2281f   $175.00

Gorham Brilliant Cut Glass 9
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

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Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
Silver : Coin Silver

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20141113-01   $35.00

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Horace P. Woodbridge, who appears to have worked in St. Louis around 1835. His mark is known on at least one piece that also bears a city mark of ST.LOUIS. See "Missouri's Silver Age" by Norman Mack, page 150. Mr. Woodbridge apparently died young at age 47; it is unknown how long he was able to make or mark silver. This salt spoon is quite small at about 3 1/2 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Towle "Old Brocade" Solid Sterling Silver Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2280f   $60.00

Towle
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Dating from 1932, Towle's "Old Brocade" incorporates Art Deco design elements embellished with an etched floral surface, the style of which would seem to explain the pattern name.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., tomato server. The solid silver (vs. stainless) broad blade has raised and scalloped shoulders and a slight center groove on the delicately reticulated flat area.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the marks, which include the Towle emblem,... Click for details

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