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Lunt "Pynchon" (Chippendale) Pierced Sterling Silver Beef Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4065f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Issued in 1910, Lunt's "Pynchon" is essentially a Chippendale design derived from the colonial revival impulse of its period.

It features an open work handle, and in the instance of this 7 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., (beef) serving fork, similar piercing in the heel area.

The serving end is elongated and has three broad tines, the outer two of which have hooked ends.

Never monogrammed, it is in choice estate condition. Apart from overall light surface scratches, there are no signs of use.... Click for details

Set Atkin Brothers Figural Rattail 5 O'Clock Sterling Silver Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4064f   $210.00


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These six spoons are marked for Sheffield, England, sterling silver, year 1898-99, and "HA" for maker Atkin Brothers - Harry Atkin.

Measuring 5 3/8" long each and weighing 5.0 T. oz. the lot, they are 5 o'clock size, used for afternoon tea.

They have elaborately designed, cast, handles that are reminiscent in style to "apostle" spoons.

The design incorporates a pair of dolphins supporting a heart and flower or fleur-de-lis at the openwork handle tops. The lower ends of the stems portray... Click for details

Gorham "Chrysanthemum" Engraved Aesthetic Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4063f   $110.00


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Bright cut engraved designs were popular among American silver manufacturers during the last quarter of the 19th century, with this generously-sized, 9 1/4" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., pie server a fine example of the style.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the "Old English" tipt backside handle, the pattern is "Chrysanthemum," issued in 1885. Flowers, grasses, and birds were common themes for this genre.

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J S MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4058f   $105.00


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Lengthy at 9 5/8" and weighty at 2.9 T. oz., this serving spoon has a large, 4" long by 2 1/2" at the widest by 5/8" deep, bowl with flanged shoulders, a central rib in the base, and a gold washed surface that is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in a blackberry and leaves design.

Dating circa 1880, it is stamped "J.S. MacDonald" for the late 19th century Baltimore firm, and with the word "Sterling."

The "Old English Reverse Tipt" handle features an engraved "Lily" pattern that shows... Click for details

S. Kirk & Son "Repousse" 10.15 Silver Standard Letter Opener
Silver : Coin Silver

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4057f   $85.00


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An early example of a form that was produced for decades, beginning in the 19th century and extending well into the 20th, this solid silver, "Repousse pattern handle with an elongated, arrow head shaped blade," letter opener, dates to the mid 19th century.

It is relatively large compared to more recent pieces, measuring 7 1/4" long and weighing 1.5 T. oz.

It is marked "S. Kirk & Son" and "1015" for the peculiar to Baltimore silver standard that is essentially equivalent to coin and was... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" (Narcissus) Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4056f   $165.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterize this style mode.

All these qualities are evident on this 5 7/8" long, characteristically heavy at 2.2 T. oz., sauce ladle with a 2 1/4" diameter, 5/8" deep, bowl.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is narcissus, with blossoms and leaves that lay upon and fold over one another, rising from the surface of the... Click for details

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Durgin "Bead" Large Talon Grip Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4054f   $70.00


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Measuring a lengthy 5 3/4" and weighing a robust 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are marked on the inside of each leg, respectively, with Durgin's "D" emblem and "Sterling," and "B.K.&Co.," for Boston's Bigelow, Kennard & Company.

The pattern is "Bead," issued in 1893. It features a "Tipt" end with a beaded margin handle, joined in this instance to heavy, detailed, talon grips.

The plain arch is engraved with an Old English "T" monogram.

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Zahm & Jackson, Lancaster PA, "Tipt" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4052f   $76.00


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A 9" long, 1.7 T. oz., piece, this berry or other serving spoon has a "Tipt" end, and high, pointed, shoulders off the ovoid, scalloped edge bowl.

It is stamped "Zahm & Jackson," for the partnership that Vivian Gerstell in Silversmiths of Lancaster Pennsylvania 1830-50 indicates was established in 1845, although this piece dates some fifteen years or so later than that.

This also carries the "horsehead over shield" manufacturer's mark of Philadelphia's James Watts and the word... Click for details

Good Pair of Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Ward, Bartholomew & Trott c1802
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191124-01   Sold


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Offered is a good pair of decorated early American coin silver sugar tongs by the partnership of James Ward, Roswell Bartholomew and a man named Trott (perhaps John Proctor Trott), working in Hartford, Connecticut circa 1802-03. The maker's mark of this firm is WB&T in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark on this piece is clearly struck (see pics), and the engraved decoration is well preserved. There is no monogram or sign of erasure in the oval reserve to the bowl. This piece measures... Click for details

Interesting Circa 1820 Twist-Arm Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191123-03   $47.50


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Offered is a very nice example of a desirable and scarce form in American silver, a pair of twist-arm sugar tongs. This particular pair is un-decorated save for a period engraved script initial "B" monogram; the overall feel is of a small-town or country piece, perhaps from rural Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio or Kentucky. The grips are a rudimentary acorn form. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is fair overall, in that there is are... Click for details

Fine Decorated 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Isaac Hutton
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191123-02   $120.00


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Offered is an excellent example of late 18th Century American silver sugar tongs, in this case by noted Albany, New York silversmith Isaac Hutton. See my other listings for a 1780s example by Hutton in partnership with John Folsom. The tongs in this listing were made by Hutton probably during the period between 1790 and 1796 when he working alone in Albany. These tongs have great wrigglework decoration and an engraved period block letter set of owner's initials. One really unusual feature... Click for details

Exquisite Decorated Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Folsom & Hutton c1787-90
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191123-01   Sold


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Offered is one of the best pairs of American coin silver sugar tongs I've had the fortune to come across, bearing a very scarce mark. This exquisite piece was made the short-lived partnership of John Folsom and Isaac Hutton, working in Albany, New York circa 1787 to 1790. The decoration and period engraved monogram on this piece is top-notch, and the form of this pair of sugar tongs is an interesting transition between earlier pierced cast-arm sugar tongs and the single-piece sugar tongs of... Click for details

Gorham "Virginiana" Six Matching Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4051f   $180.00


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Each of these six iced tea aka parfait spoons measures 7 5/8" long and has an Old English "E" monogram inscribed on the handle front. The group weigh 6.2 T. oz.

Estate items, they are early examples of Gorham's Art Nouveau "Virginiana" pattern, marked with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1904."

A poppy design, the portraiture includes blooms and buds on both ends of the handle, front and back sides, along with long trailing leaves.

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Frank Smith "Lincoln Engraved" Sterling Silver Chow Chow Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4048f   $65.00


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First issued in 1905 as "American Chippendale" aka "Chippendale," Frank Smith produced a rarely found variant named "Lincoln Engraved" in 1923.

This example of the line is a 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., narrow bowl, condiment spoon, used for chow chow or piccalilli relishes.

It appears to represent a further refinement of the pattern, having a hammered handle and a hand chased, rather than die struck, design that embodies the Arts & Crafts sensibilities of the period.

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Kalo, Chicago, Hammered No. 7 Large 1939 Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4046f   $235.00


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The Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater indicates that "The Kalo Shop" was founded in 1900 by Clara Barck Welles and "went on to become the largest and most influential producer of handwrought silverware and jewelry in the midwest."

Rainwater further notes that "Mrs. Welles retired in 1940." Given that this 10 1/8" long, 3.6 T. oz., serving spoon is engraved on the backside, "AS HCM" over "Feb. 14, 1939," it traces to the founder's working years, which... Click for details

Set of Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons by Robinson & Harwood c.1819-22
Silver : Coin Silver

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20191117-01   $75.00


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Offered is a fine set of five early American coin silver teaspoons by the rare and brief partnership of Benjamin Robinson & John Harwood, gold and silversmiths, working circa 1819-22 at 12 North 2nd Street. These spoons each have a period engraved script monogram and each has a legible maker's mark - the marks on most of these spoons are better than that shown in "Philadelphia Silversmiths", by Catherine Hollan. These spoons measure a bit over 5 3/4 inches in length, and the set weighs a total... Click for details

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