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Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3122f   $90.00


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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal... Click for details

Heavy Crested Georgian Fiddlethread and Shell Master Salt Spoon c1830
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170601-03   $25.00


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Offered is a good heavy Georgian sterling silver master salt spoon bearing London hallmarks for 1830 and a maker's mark of "WE", probably for William Eaton. This piece is engraved with a period armorial of a mailed? arm grasping what appears to be a riding crop. This master salt spoon is heavy and large, measuring about 4 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 28 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some surface wear from a century and a half of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. There... Click for details

Coin Silver Fiddlethread Youth Set (Fork & Knife) by Marquand & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170601-02   $75.00


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Offered is a scarce American coin silver youth set (or at least the fork and knife) in the fiddlethread pattern by Marquand & Co., led by Frederick Marquand (active in Savannah, Georgia and New York City). This set would have been made in New York City between 1833 and 1838. As such, they can't be considered Southern coin silver. The hollow handles and good condition of the pieces are unusual features for this date, and the knife bears a well-struck maker's mark for this firm. The fork has... Click for details

Pair Circa 1810 New England "Eagle" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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3121f   $38.00


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These two identical teaspoons each measure a lengthy 6", are slender, have an exposed drop on the heel of the bowl, and show a midrib running down from the subtle tipt end on the backside of the handle.

They also have deeply beveled and highly angular shoulders coming off the bowls.

The pair weight approximately 1.0 T. oz. combined, and each one has the same feathered script, period "HM" monogram engraved on the front.

Each one is imprinted with a right facing "eagle" pseudo hallmark... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son Co. "Repousse" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs, Vintage
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3120f   $55.00


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Bearing an early mark used 1896-1914, "S. Kirk & Son Co. 925/1000," and with the model number "471," this pair of tongs measure 4 1/4" long and are relatively heavy at approximately 1.0 T. oz.

One of several sizes made in the "Repousse" pattern, probably varying over the decades long production run of this pattern, this one is medium length.

It has highly articulated talon grips.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright. The... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Table Fork by Frederick Hoffman, Circa 1830s
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20170529-06   $37.50


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver table fork by Philadelphia silversmith and armorer Frederick Hoffman (1786-1886), whose silver work dates primarily to the 1820s and 1830s. This piece features a well-struck maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram to the reverse. It measures about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighs a good 48 grams. Condition is fair overall, with some surface wear and tine wear from normal use but no dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a good... Click for details

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Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3118f   $115.00


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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to... Click for details

Gorham Old "Medici" Sterling Silver Large Carving Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3115f   $150.00


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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Five O'Clock Spoon, One of Three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3112f   $18.00


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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, "Kings" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3111f   $70.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

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Tiffany "Persian" Sterling Silver Creamer & Sugar Dated 1884
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3110f   On Hold


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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

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Robbins, Clark & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3106f   $165.00


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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with... Click for details

Serving spoon by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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5336   $175.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 12-3/4" Bowl length 4', width 2". Weight 4.5 troy oz. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving fork by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid 20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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5335   $150.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 10". Weight 3-1/4 troy oz. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving fork by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5334   $165.00


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Pointed end. Also marked HANDMADE. Length 12-3/4". Weight 4.6 troy oz. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving spoon by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5333   $165.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 10-1/4". Bowl length 4", width 3-1/4". Weight 3.75 troy oz. The monogram is an applied B. Overall condition is very good (slight denting in bowl). Mark condition is excellent.

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