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Fenno & Hale, Bangor, Maine, "Grape" Coin Silver Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2235f   On Hold

Fenno & Hale, Bangor, Maine,
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A full-size dinner fork at 7 3/4" long, and heavy at 1.6 T. oz., this is stamped "Fenno & Hale" for the Bangor, Maine retailer, and "Patent 1850."

A handsome example of mid 19th century tableware, the design is an "Olive" variant with the addition of two clusters of grapes flanking a grape leaf set on the handle terminus. The backside is reminiscent of "Tuscan," a Gibney design which is itself another "Olive" derivative. The design patentee was "one of the Gordon brothers of Boston,... Click for details

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2233f   $85.00

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked... Click for details

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-03   $40.00

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
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Offered is a fine 19th Century English sterling silver wine taster by the well-known partnership of John Aldwinckle and Thomas Slater. This would also make a good small dressing table dish, such as for rings. This piece is fully hallmarked for 1889-90, and is in fine condition, with light wear and some minor areas of stubborn tarnish, but no dents or repairs. This piece measures a bit over 3 1/2 inches across, and weighs about 54 grams. All in all a fine example of antique English silver!

18th Century French Silver Soup Ladle with Coat of Arms
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-02   $375.00

18th Century French Silver Soup Ladle with Coat of Arms
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Offered is a fine and scarce 18th century French silver soup or punch ladle, dating to the era before the French Revolution, probably around 1784-89. The ladle is hallmarked with a clear maker's mark, and two marks of a ladder-back chair, which appears to signify the ladle comes from the Arras (Lille) area. The ladle also bears an ornate and well-executed coat of arms or armorial indicating the original owner of the ladle was probably a Marquis. Condition is very good, with little wear and no... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Rene L. Gravelle
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-01   $25.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Rene L. Gravelle
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler Rene L. Gravelle, working primarily circa 1815-30. Gravelle's work is always sought after. This teaspoon bears a period script monogram and a clear maker's mark. It measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is good aside from some dimples to the bowl; there are no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American coin silver!

J.P. Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2232f   $45.00

J.P. Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the... Click for details

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Rare Lewisburg, PA Teaspoon, John K. Housel Ca. 1823-45
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140925-02   $47.50

Rare Lewisburg, PA Teaspoon, John K. Housel Ca. 1823-45
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Offered is a rare and fine American coin silver teaspoon by Lewisburg silversmith John K. Housel. There were a number of Housels working as silversmiths and watchmakers in Pennsylvania over the course of at least two generations, and the relationships between these men are confusing and poorly documented. However, the Union County Historical Society, covering Lewisburg (which is north of Harrisburg) holds silver with this mark, attributed to John K. Housel. Housel is known from tax lists to... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Richard H. L. Villard
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140925-01   $37.50

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Richard H. L. Villard
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple... Click for details

Whiting "Radiant" Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2229f   $125.00

Whiting
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A highly decorative, late 19th century, design, Whiting's "Radiant" presents in an opulent, courtly manner. The handle has a fanned end, which would seem to be the source of the pattern name. Other elements include ribbing, acanthus leaves, and little florettes which might be forget-me-nots.

This example is an 8 1/2" long, very heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. It has a generously sized, 3" diameter, 1" deep, eggplant shaped, bowl that has decorated shoulders and a matte... Click for details

Watson "Plymouth" All Sterling Silver Tea Infuser
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2228f   $65.00

Watson
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Essentially a "Bead" pattern, Watson's "Plymouth" dates from 1905 and reflects the sensibilities of the budding Colonial Revival movement of the period. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, 1.3 T. oz., solid silver, tea infuser. It has a flowing script "MAM" monogram engraved on the handle front.

The ovoid bowl is well-constructed and intricately pierced. It has a scroll snap clasp, and the... Click for details

Lunt "Chippendale" Sterling Silver Pierced Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2226f   $40.00

Lunt
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Measuring 6" long and weighing a relatively robust .6 T. oz., this olive spoon 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 bowl is pierced and has a flanged rim and pointed tip. "

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or removal. There is no... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" Sterling Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2225f   $40.00

Whiting
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This "Grecian" is one of several designs that go by this name. It features a ram's head and a satyr figure. While originated by New York's Henry Hebbard, it became a full line Whiting pattern, and is generally identified with that company.

This 5 7/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., sugar spoon is a Whiting piece, marked with the company's lion, emblem, as well as "Sterling," "Patent 1862," and "1." It has a shell shaped bowl and an Old English "H" monogram.

It is in very good condition. ... Click for details

Tuttle "Windsor Castle" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2223f   $75.00

Tuttle
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"Windsor Castle" is one of Tuttle's (Boston, Massachusetts) first patterns, introduced in 1929.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, weighty 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle is coded "HH III" in a crescent, indicating it dates from the third year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, 1931-32, early in the history of the line. Other marks include a tree with a circle of dots around it, and the word "Sterling."

The design is a deeply hand chased acanthus leaf, scroll and starburst motif set on a plain, rounded... Click for details

Coleman Adler "Madame Begue" New Orleans Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2221f   On Hold

Coleman Adler
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Stamped "Coleman E. Adler" for the New Orleans jeweler, along with "Sterling," this 6" long, heavy, just over 1.1 T. oz., souvenir spoon dates from around the turn of the 20th century.

The imagery all references the "Maison de Begue" eatery and includes portraitures of "Monsieur & Madame Begue," scenes of the breakfast room and the "French Market," along with other details. The bowl has a satin matte, gold washed finish.

It is in absolutely mint condition. There is not a bit of wear or... Click for details

Tiffany "Regent" Silverplate Egg Spoon
Silver : Plate

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2220f   $10.00

Tiffany
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Dating from 1884, "Regent" is one of several patterns Tiffany produced in silverplate. The product is consistent with the standard for which the company is known, showing precision of detail, refinement, and a fine finish.

This example is a 4 7/8" long egg spoon with a gold washed, oval bowl. It has an "MLS" script monogram on the handle.

It is in mint estate condition, showing virtually no wear.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co. E.P."

Gorham 1890 "Repousse" Sterling Silver Vase
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2219f   $210.00

Gorham 1890
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Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading. The... Click for details

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