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J.L. Moore & Co., NYC, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon, Mint
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3205f   $48.00

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Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"... Click for details

Towle "Old English" (Rose) Sterling Silver Pierced Pea Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3204f   $210.00

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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing 3.1 T. oz., this form is commonly identified as a pea spoon, used for serving those or other vegetables.

Its defining character is a large, 3" diameter in this instance, pierced, serving bowl.

As is typical of the rose and scroll motif of the pattern, Towle's "Old English," the bowl is highly decorated, showing a dense cluster of raised flowers, a narrow flange edge, and a bright gold finish front and back sides.

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

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3203dd   $105.00

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This matching spoon and fork are for serving lettuce, as opposed to salad, and are a reflection of the particularity of the Victorian table.

The pattern is "Cantebury" by Towle, issued in 1893. 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" on the handle reverses. There are no monograms or removals on the fronts.

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Gorham "Beaded," Harris & Shafer, DC, Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3202f   $155.00

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Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a... Click for details

Wason "Lily" Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Bon Bon Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3198f   $65.00

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A firm recognized for its myriad naturalistic designs, Watson produced a number of outstanding Art Nouveau florals in the early part of the 20th century.

"Lily" is one of the most impressive of these, and is the pattern on this 4 1/2" long, .7 T. oz. bon bon or nut scoop.

This is a particularly delicate piece, even at this small scale retaining all the fine detail of the leaves, blossoms and stippled background of the intricate pattern.

The scoop is a statement in itself. It is... Click for details

Whiting "Persian" Moorish Style Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3197f   $90.00

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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque 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.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that... Click for details

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E. Borhek, Philadelphia, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3195f   $20.00

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In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders... Click for details

Cornelia Anna Ritch christening cup
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2264   $350.00

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Cornelia Anna Ritch (1847-1916) may well have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. We know for sure that at the age of six, she had a fine looking coin silver cup in her hand.

Her great great great grandfather, Henry Ritch, was among the original settlers of Greenwich, CT, having received a grant of three acres there on May 19th, 1686. Her family has always been among the town’s leading citizens, comprising notable attorneys, quarry owners, and the first successful oyster... Click for details

Liberty CYMRIC sterling pepper caster
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2263   Sold

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hand wrought, height 3 1/4 inches, weight 1.74 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement.

With sinuous curves and whimsical spade-shaped feet, this is truly a little classic of English Art Nouveau silver.

Eames plywood lounge chair sterling miniature, Acme Studios
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2262   $90.00

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height 2 1/2; width 1 5/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, weight 1.06 Troy ounces.

Perfect for the aspiring collector of mid-century modern furniture who has wisely chosen to live in a tiny house. Should you care for more info on the original, please note that this chair is so famous as to warrant its own Wikipedia entry.

International "Cambridge" Beaded Sterling Silver Lettuce Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3191f   $48.00

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A beaded design with a scroll tip, International's "Cambridge" was introduced in 1899.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., lettuce fork. Slender overall and with three elongated tines joined by a crossbar, it was designed to be a delicate implement.

The heel of the tine area is slightly cupped, and is embellished with an elaboration of the pattern on the shoulders.

Never monogrammed, this is in choice estate condition. There is no evident polishing wear and... Click for details

Canfield, Baltimore, 10.15 Standard Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3188f   $65.00

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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

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Alvin Art Nouveau "Majestic" Sterling Silver Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3187f   $48.00

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An appealing multi-motif floral design, this 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., "Majestic" pattern bon bon is further enhanced by its decorative, relatively large, 2 1/2" by 1 7/8", three-lobed, bowl.

A turn of the 20th century design, it was made by Alvin, whose company emblem and the word "Sterling" is imprinted on the handle backside in fine lettering.

The flowers on this item include an iris set midway on the handle, and roses at the terminus. These are accompanied by intertwined leaves,... Click for details

Schulz & Fischer sterling cup and saucer, San Francisco, CA
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2261   $250.00

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circa 1870, height of cup 3; diameter 3 5/8 inches, weight 8.07 Troy ounces, some minor insults above the applied round foot where Alice perhaps in need of more tea rapped her vessel upon the table (please see third photo) but very good overall condition.

Years ago, many folks had high enthusiasm over silver from the Golden State, but now we're going to find out the hard way whether or not anyone indeed still gives a rat's derrière.

Fine Pair of Scottish Provincial Silver Sugar Tongs Circa 1810-35
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170716-02   $120.00

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Offered is a lovely pair of antique Scottish provincial silver sugar tongs, circa the first or early second quarter of the 19th Century. This piece is struck twice on one arm with a maker's mark of "E", often assigned to James Erskine of Aberdeen; the other arm bears a hallmark that looks like a circle or ring. This piece also has a period engraved monogram done in a typically Scottish style. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 42 grams. All in all a lovely... Click for details

Fine Early Coin Silver Sugar Tongs Ca.1805-10 Marked Gordon In Italics
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170715-03   $65.00

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Offered is a lovely pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs marked Gordon in italicized lettering on each arm; this mark resembles one of the maker's marks attributed by the Darling Foundation to George Gordon of Newburgh, NY, working circa 1800-24. The only difference is that the mark in the Darling book also has a first name initial - G.GORDON in italicized lettering. It may be that the die for this mark was damaged and re-cut to eliminate all but the last name. It is also just... Click for details

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